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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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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