- Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated
Muhammad Ali will grace the cover of next week’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine for the 40th time.
Ali died on Friday night at age 74 from respiratory issues related to Parkinson’s disease.
“Muhammad Ali was a singular force of athletics, humanitarianism and social equality unlike anyone in our history,” Paul Fichtenbaum, Sports Illustrated’s editor, said in an email.
“He was a fighter, and a champion, yet many of his most important victories came outside the ring. His legacy defines the very best of who we are and aspire to be.”
The cover portrait was shot by Neil Leifer as Ali trained at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, Florida, on October 9, 1970.
Only Michael Jordan, one of the world’s greatest basketball players, has been on Sports Illustrated’s cover more times.
The cover will hit newsstands on June 8.