Remembering Muhammad Ali: The Time He Talked A Suicidal Man Off A Ledge
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Many of us awoke this morning to the news that Muhammad Ali has passed away. The man who was the greatest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. The man who inspired millions of people with not only his sporting achievements, but with his words.
We could remember this incredible man by sharing his best quotes, but maybe the most significant things he ever said are undocumented. For example, the words he used to talk down a suicidal man from a ledge back in 1981.
According to this news report, the man was shouting: "I'm no good, I'm going to jump".
Muhammad was reportedly out with friends when he heard what was happening. He volunteered to help, and went up to the ninth floor. Apparently, he said: "I'm your brother, I want to help you".
The man recognised the champ, and came inside. He began to weep.
We'll never know exactly what was said during those 20 minutes, but thanks to Muhammad this man lived to see another day.
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Words by Mel Ramsay
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