Sir Henry Cooper Boxing Legend Dies: Twitter Tributes Flood In

Social media site Twitter is often used for happy occasions, such as messages about Mariah Carey’s birth of twins. It is sometimes used though, as a platform for sadder news, to pass on tributes and condolences and today is one of those days as Sir Henry Cooper OBE, British boxing legend, died earlier today, aged 76.

Although Sir Henry failed to beat Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay at the time), he was well known for flooring him in a fight and went on to win heavyweight titles at British, Commonwealth and European levels. He was a hugely popular and well-respected figure with the British public and became Sports Personality of the Year twice, as well as becoming the first boxer to be knighted, according to Sky News. Fan, celebrities and other famous people from the boxing world have been quick to take to Twitter to pass on their tributes and condolences.

David Haye, current WBA World Champion, tweeted that Sir Henry was a “true warrior and a great human being.” Lennox Lewis, former World Heavyweight Champion said, “R.I.P. Sir Henry Cooper. Former British, Commonwealth and European Champion. My deepest condolences to the Cooper family.” Meanwhile popular TV presenter Phillip Schofield tweeted, “Been checking the facts but it would appear that boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper has died at the age of 76. Very sad news and a lovely man.“

Ubiquitous and popular Twitter user Stephen Fry tweeted, “Oh dear. Just heard about the passing of Henry Cooper. What a fine man. He and Ted Lowe too, a sad day for British sport.” (Ted Lowe was a well-known snooker commentator who also sadly passed away today). If you want to take a look at more Twitter tributes to Henry Cooper head to this Twitter page here. What are your thoughts on the sad passing of Sir Henry Cooper? Let us have your comments.