As the world mourns Muhammad Ali’s death, it’s never been clearer that the iconic athlete was a hero for many — including for another icon, Prince.

Prince and Ali met in 1997 at a press conference to promote a charity concert at the request of a friend. According to Prince, though, he would have shown up for anything as long as Ali was involved. “[The friend] could have said ‘mow the lawn’ and I would have been down with it,” he said.

“Muhammad’s my hero,” he added. “He has been since I was a child.”

From one Greatest to another.

[H/T: The Huffington Post]

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