Cassius Clay was the finest sportsman I ever did, or will ever, witness.
Not only because of his sporting talent. But also because his beliefs were vital to him. Both met their maker last week. Ali 74, and Swarbrick 75
Swarbrick, one of the world’s most accomplished folk rock fiddlers, died of emphysema, often playing with an oxygen tank strapped to his back.
Clay (or Mohammed Ali, as he renamed himself in 1964) converted to Islam and as a conscientious objector refused to fight in the Vietnam war, an action for which he was stripped of his boxing titles.
He had Parkinson’s disease, probably triggered by years taking punches to the head.