The world stopped Friday night when it was announced that Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer, died at the age of 74. Ali was an icon in and out of the ring, with millions mourning his death just moments after the news broke.

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After suffering for decades with Parkinson's disease, Ali was brought into the hospital earlier this week with respiratory failure, where he finally passed away late Saturday night.

The news quickly went viral, as everyone from common citizens, to athletes, actors, entertainers, and politicians offered their thoughts on arguably the greatest athlete of the 20th century. One man who sent out his thoughts was Republican nominee Donald Trump, though it conflicted from his previous comments, as reported by The New York Daily News on June 4.

"Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes," Trump tweeted out last December in reference to President Obama's foreign policy speech, asking, "What sport is he talking about, and who?

Is Obama profiling?" Fast forward to present day, and Trump released another tweet following Ali's passing. Muhammad Ali is dead at 74!," Trump tweeted out with an explanation point, saying "A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!" Trump's comments continue to highlight his apparent ignorance on the issue of being unable to distinguish the difference between criticizing Islam as a religion, and attacking the Muslims who happen to follow it.

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Many athletes, including legendary Los Angels Lakers' basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal are also proud Muslims. The billionaire real estate mogul's recent policy proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States has received a mixed reaction, as supporters praised the idea, while critics accused Trump of prejudice.

Ali has spoken out against Islamic extremism, most recently saying "I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people," in regards to the recent attacks in Paris. A former three-time boxing world champion, Ali was also vocal in his political beliefs, spending time in jail after refusing to take part in the Vietnam War.

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