Paul Simon breaks news of Muhammad Ali's death while singing 'The Boxer'

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Paul Simon interrupted a performance of his hit song "The Boxer" Friday night to break the news of Muhammad Ali's death.

The singer was in concert at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA.

Towards the end of the song, Simon paused and regrettably announced, "I'm sorry to tell you this way, but Muhammad Ali has passed away."

Members of the audience were audibly saddened by the news, and then joined Simon in singing the final verse of the song, which is about a boxer struggling with his career and personal life.

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American boxer and sometime actor Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) as Eric Sevareid interviews him during an episode of the CBS Evening News, New York, March 24, 1964. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 2,1980: Muhammad Ali (L) throws a punch against Larry Holmes during the fight at Caesars Palace, on October 2,1980 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Larry Holmes won the WBC heavyweight title by a RTD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
JUL 14 1981; Ali, Muhammad (Boxer) - Ind.; (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Paul Simon and his partner Art Garfunkel grew in popularity during the 60s, the same time Muhammad Ali did. Although the duo were not as vocally opposed to the Vietnam War as Ali was, a number of their songs — notably 1966's "Homeward Bound" — were adopted as anti-war anthems.

"The Boxer" is from Simon & Garfunkel's seminal 1970 album, "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Muhammad Ali died Friday after being hospitalized earlier in the week for respiratory problems. Like Simon, he was 74 years old.

Watch Simon's tribute below.

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NORWALK, CT - APRIL 28: Paul Simon leaves Norwalk Superior Court on April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Simon and his wife Edie Brickell were arrested after an alleged domestic dispute. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images)
NORWALK, CT - APRIL 28: Edie Brickell leaves Norwalk Superior Court on April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Brickell and her husband Paul Simon were arrested after an alleged domestic dispute. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Paul Simon performs during the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Hugh Masekela performs in concert on April 4, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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