RIP Smokin’ Joe Frazier: Fans and celebrities react on Facebook and Twitter

By on Nov 8, 2011 in Boxing, Sports, United States Comments

Tons of Smokin’ Joe Frazier fans and celebrities rushed to Facebook and Twitter to post their reactions immediately after learning that the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion passed away.

Joe Frazier (Left) and Muhammad Ali in 1971,
Ali-Frazier 1, dubbed as “Fight of the Century”

Image Credit: B Bennett/Getty Images

As reported earlier, Joe Frazier died on Monday, November 7 in his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 67, as announced by his family. He was said to have been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Frazier was known to be among the best opponents of Muhammad Ali in the 1970s, whom he fought for three times. The first Ali-Frazier fight was dubbed as the “Fight of the Century” while the third one was called “Thrilla in Manila“, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum, in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, tons of people including celebrities and fellow athletes flocked to Twitter to express their sorrow and sympathy with the Frazier family. Below are some of them.

Steve Lillis (@stevelillis) “RIP Joe Frazier – ring legend. His fights against Ali, Bugner, Foster and Foreman are my first clear fight memories. Thank You Champ”

Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) “RIP Smokin Joe. My thoughts and prayers go out to to the Frazier family. We lost an all time great tonight.”

Shane Mosley (@SugarShaneM) “Joe Frazier one of the greatest heavy weight champion ever. RIP”

Miguel Angel Torres (@MiguelTorresMMA) “Rest in Peace Joe Frazier. The memories and history you have left us will live on forever, thank you.”

LeBron James (@KingJames) “R.I.P Joe Frazier! Heavyweight Great!! One of the best! #SmokingJoe

Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) “It was an honor to have Joe Frazier on the sidelines for some games in San Diego a memory that ill never forget”

Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) “RIP Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Warrior. Champion. Toughness. Was there a better boxing rivalry than Ali/Frazier?”

Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) “Condolences 2 the Frazier family! I remember when Smokin Joe spoke 2 our team in Philly the year we won the SuperBowl! #legend”

Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) “Joe Frazier you were a icon and pioneer for people like me. Inspiring and loved. Your presence will be missed.”

Vinnie Paz (@vinnie_paz) “RIP Joe Frazier. one of the greatest ever. he was one of my heroes. craziest left hook of all time. sleep well champ.”

Loni Love (@LoniLove) “He was a “Thrilla in Manila” ,never ducked a fight, unlike some boxers we know today….RIP Joe Frazier

Rodney Peete (@RodneyPeete9) “RIP Smokin Joe Fraizer! One of the best of all time and when they used to go 15 rounds. Ali-Frazier 3 fights were best in boxing!”

As of this writing, ‘RIP Joe Frazier‘ and ‘RIP Smokin‘ are trending on Twitter and some fans continue to post their reactions on the official Joe Frazier Facebook page and at

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