Boxing champion and humanitarian Muhammad Ali passed away last night at the age of 74, leaving a heart-sized hole in many around the world. Suffering from respiratory issues in addition to his longtime illness of Parkinson鈥檚 disease, the living legend left the world surrounded by his friends and family.

American Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), training in his gym, 21st May 1965. (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

As was the case with never-to-be forgotten trendsetter Prince, people the world over took to social media to pay their deepest respects, celebrities being no exception. Flooding the newly revamped Instagram with photos of the late great, they raised their voices in unison to honor his memory. Check out a few of their most touching posts below.


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1. Miley Cyrus: Miley posted this adorable flashback pic of herself and Liam Hemsworth (who just recently broke his silence on their potential engagement) snuggled up to the late legend, writing, 鈥#RIPCHAMP.鈥

2. Reese Witherspoon: No stranger to posting totally inspiring Instagrams, Reese said 鈥淵ou raised your voice for so many other people in this world. Promoting, educating, encouraging change. You will always be G-O-A-T.鈥 Well said.

3. Zoe Saldana: Zoe used Ali鈥檚 own words to honor his memory, captioning her photo 鈥溾橦ating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn鈥檛 matter which color does the hating. It鈥檚 just plain wrong.鈥 鈥 Muhammad Ali #rip.鈥

4. Sophia Bush: Sophia took to Instagram to thank Ali for his teachings. Opening with the boxer鈥檚 own quote (鈥淭he fight is won or lost far away from witnesses 鈥 behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights鈥), Sophia added her own thoughts as well, saying, 鈥淭hank you for the lessons on greatness, faith, work, and activism. You taught us all.鈥

My magic man! Rest in peace #muhammadali sending love to your family!

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5. Raven Symon茅: Child star Raven Symon茅 knew Ali way back when, as she proved with this adorable photo of her seemingly playing a game with the champion. 鈥淢y magic man! Rest in piece #muhammadali. Sending love to your family!鈥

Best boxer in the world and later, a beautiful humanitarian. Rest in Peace hero.

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5. Ellie Goulding: Ellie didn鈥檛 hide her awe of Ali, penning 鈥淏est boxer in the world and later, a beautiful humanitarian. Rest in peace hero.鈥

6. Justin Timberlake: 鈥淭he Greatest,鈥 JT wrote. 鈥淭ake a moment today to remember how inspiring this human being is鈥e will miss you鈥 Thank you for changing the world. 鈥 JT鈥

An Amazing Photo Of @DangeRussWilson Grandfather and #MuhammadAli. #RIP

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7. Ciara: Ciara posted this old school shot of her fianc茅 (and vacay partner)鈥檚 grandfather and Ali in deep conversation.

8. Jennifer Lopez: In a gentle reminder that even our heroes have their heroes, JLo reflected back on how Ali inspired her directly, saying 鈥淟ying here at Ceasars after my show tonight in Vegas thinking about the #GOAT #muhammadali and thinking about how he inspired me and soooo many to want to be their greatest.鈥

9. Gina Rodriguez: 鈥淚 woke up to the news that another angel got his wings,鈥 Gina began. 鈥淐hamp, you taught me so much about fighting. Not just in the ring, but out of it. Fly like a butterfly king of the ring.鈥

10. Halle Berry: Halle鈥檚 super touching photo of her sweetly placing her hand on Ali鈥檚 face as he clutches her arms is enough to make us tear up. 鈥淭his was one of the strongest and sweetest men I ever met,鈥 the actress said. 鈥淗e elevated the sport of boxing and there will never be another!鈥

The Greatest there will ever be .... The biggest and the best ..... Rest In Peace

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11. David Beckham: Fellow star athlete David Beckham paid his respects with this pic of him shaking Ali鈥檚 hand, saying 鈥淭he greatest there will ever be鈥he biggest and the best鈥est in peace.鈥

12. LeAnn Rimes: LeAnn shared her personal admiration for the boxer with this sweet message. 鈥淪ome people鈥檚 light shines so bright, that when they are gone, it鈥檚 noticeably forever darker. For me, there鈥檚 Maya Angelou and this incredible man! These two are at the top of my heroes list! His quotes have inspired me to keep going when I didn鈥檛 know if I had it in me. My heart breaks tonight to know that his soul has left this Earth, but his message and legacy will be with us forever. Thank you God for giving us this radiant beam of light for 74 years. Prayers for his friends and family.鈥 SO MANY TEARS.

13. Selma Blair: Though Selma didn鈥檛 have a photo of herself to share with the great, she did have a pretty heartwarming story. 鈥淭he greatest. Always a fan. When I was four, my mom and dad brought back a t-shirt from聽 Vegas that said 鈥業 LOVE ALI.鈥 I wore it every day. They saw him and I wished I had. I loved Ali and will always see him as a great man who also warned kids about the dangers of sugar. Wish I listened.鈥

14. Justin Bieber: Even the Biebs gave a nod to Ali, posting this silly pic of him along with the caption, 鈥淭his is the ALI we should all remember!!! The fun loving man who was fully himself!!! RIP CHAMP!!!鈥

15. Ryan Reynolds: Last but not least was Ryan Reynolds, who put things as only he could: 鈥淪uch a powerful force of good. Not just for all of us at the Michael J. Fox foundation, but for everyone who came down the chute beating their own drum. And holy shit, this man could beat a drum. Rest in peace, Champ.鈥

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(Photos via Harry Benson, Hulton Archive and /Getty)