Joe Frazier passed away after a bout with liver cancer at the age of 67. Joe Frazier was a boxing legend and during the 1960s and 70s he rose to become one of the biggest icons in all of sports. His family released the following statement.
We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as “One of God’s Men,” on the eve of November 7, 2011at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.
Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father’s home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
The news hit sports fans hard and to show their respect, they took to Twitter to share their reactions which ultimately resulted in #RIPJoeFrazier and RIP Smokin’ to become trending topics worldwide. Below is a look at some of the reactions on Twitter to the death of Joe Frazier.
- RIP Smokin Joe Frazier #RIPJOEFRAZIER via @hambone5608
- Such sad news about Joe Frazier, a true sporting legend has left us today #RIPJoeFrazier via @Hoyles10
- Joseph William “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011). #RIPJoeFrazier via @slakingfool
- #RIPJoeFrazier He fought the good fight, He has finished the race, He has kept the faith. via @iamjmills
- RIP Smokin’ Joe Frazier. One of the best. You’ll be missed. via @KevinI
- RIP Smokin Joe!!!! Your legacy will live in the hearts and minds of all boxing fans, forever!!!! via @DanielBaldwin
- Wow, huge loss to fight community and one of my fav’s, RIP Smokin Joe. Love that man’s style!!! via @JayGlazer
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