Old News: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74 IN 2016!

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  • by: Alan Duke
Old News: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74 IN 2016!

Did boxing legend Muhammad Ali recently die at the age of 74? No, that's not true: Despite tens of thousands of RIP posts for the deceased champ on June 3, 2019, Ali left the earthly ring on that date three years earlier. Many people likely saw a "memories" post shared by a friend and re-shared it without realizing it was old.

The belated condolences began spreading on Facebook on June 3, 2019, including in a post (archived here) that included a 3-year-old BBC obituary with the message "RIP Muhammad you were an inspiration to so many people." It opened:

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali - one of the world's greatest sporting figures - has died at the age of 74.
The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday.
He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.
Ali's funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, said his family.

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Lead Stories suggests that social media users think twice before clicking once to share celebrity death notices. Check the date on the story first.

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