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Muhammad Ali talks a suicidal veteran down from a high rise, 1981

source: los angeles times

There are only a few people in history, who doesn’t need an introduction. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is one of them. He was an inspiration for a whole generation and will be for generations to come. This picture captures yet another glimpse of his unique personality. On Jan. 19, 1981, a young man decided to end his own life in the Miracle Mile neighborhood in Los Angeles. A large crowd gathered in front of the building, shouting at him to jump, while the police tried to save his life. Muhammad Ali drove pass the crowd and he stopped to see what is going on. He runs straight in the building to help, once he realized how serious the situation was. He was trying to convince the young man to rethink his deadly decision. According to a New York Times reporter Ali shouted: “You’re my brother! I love you, and I couldn’t lie to you!”. He then climbed out on the fire escape and guided the man inside, to take him to a nearby veteran’s hospital and save his life.

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