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Edited by Nelly Tawil
Muhammad Ali is often hailed as “The Greatest” – a boxing champion, a civil rights icon, died Friday in Arizona at age 74.
His star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame sits proudly at eye level on a wall next to the Walk of Fame, just in front of the Dolby Theatre – home to the Oscars. His star is the only one of more than 2,500 honoring celebrities that is not in the pavement along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Mourners have flocked to Ali’s star to honor the passing of the heavyweight champion, often snapping pictures and leaving flowers in their wake.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce put up his star in 2002 at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard after honoring him in the “live performances” category for his fabulous success in the boxing ring.
His name mounted on the wall was break in tradition at Ali’s request as he did not want people to walk upon his name.
“I bear the name of our prophet Muhammad, and it is impossible that I allow people to trample over his name,” said Ali, who converted to Islam in the 1960s.
Johnny Grant, chairman of the Walk of Fame committee, said at the time: “Muhammad Ali is one of the most famous showmen in the world.”