Born as Cassius Clay, he became a boxing icon as well as a peace activist and a philanthropist.
In 1960, he won the gold medal for the Light Heavyweight class at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome.
His boxing style was described as fast, strong, and graceful and he developed a personal slogan that became famous, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
He married his first wife, a waitress named Sonji Roi, one month after meeting her in 1964. But she had problems with the Islamic dress code for women, and they divorced in 1966.
He developed a close friendship with sports reporter Howard Cosell.
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