UNITED States President Barack Obama missed Muhammad Ali’s funeral to attend his eldest daughter’s (Malia) graduation.

President Obama who attended Malia’s graduation with the rest members of his family however sent a letter through White House senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, who knew Ali personally.

According to the family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, Ali's widow, Lonnie, had earlier spoken to Mr Obama over the phone and appreciated his "kind words and condolences."

While paying his emotional tribute, Obama revealed he keeps a pair of Ali's gloves in his private study at the White House, stating that we are fortunate "The Greatest chose to grace our time."


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