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Obamas mourn Muhammad Ali: “We pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace”

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 12: A general view of atmosphere at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday mourned the loss of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

“Muhammad Ali shook up the world,” the Obamas said in a statement released by the White House. “And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace.”

Ali, 74, died Friday after a lengthy battle against Parkinson’s disease.

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