Readers' touching memories and tributes to Muhammad Ali
Scores of readers have been paying tribute to the legend that was Muhammad Ali after the sad news of his passing.
The 74-year-old's death has touched the world, and brought back memories for those lucky enough to meet him on his visit to the North East.
Here are some of the tributes left on our Facebook page.
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Jean Farthing said: "Very sad I was lucky enough to shake his hand on his visit to South Shields in 1977 something I always remember because he was the greatest sportsman who ever lived RIP."
Denise Houston said: "Rip he floats like a butterfly stings like a bee"
Jacqueline Glass said: "Saw him in his open topped bus coming up York Avenue in Jarrow . The whole of the North East turned out to see him."
Lynn Foxhall said: "I'm heartbroken ! A true legend and honery sand dancer RIP x"
Michelle Gerencser said: "I was at dancing class at St Peters on York Ave and we came out to wave."
Brian Marshall said: "I remember as a kid being at the Mosque and watching him . Shook his hand. And following the open top bus all the way to the fairground. He picked up Baby Kadria and kissed her on the cheek. Great memories."
Gill Eagle said: "Saw him outside shields mosque as a child. A happy memory"
Kathleen Foster said: "God bless him. May he rest in peace xxx"
David Thompson said: "I (saw him) when he came to Newcastle, I was in a jazz band. I didn't really understand how much of a great man he was."
Ian Thornhill said: "He now floating up to heaven with the butterflies."
Susan Ophield said: "I'm gutted so much respect for you been my idol from been little you always filled the ring with magic and out of the ring your intellect your quotes and your tenacity and strength fighting Parkinson's you'll never be forgotten what a man and what a legacy youve left behind youl be up there with the best now next to my lovely dad your no one fan x"
Rob Irving "Don't count the days, make the days count"....RIP ALI...THE GREATEST!