04/06/2016 16:07 BST

Muhammad Ali Dies: Video Shows Moment He Talked Down Suicidal Man From Ledge

'What a guy'.

Muhammad Ali, whose death aged 74 has triggered an outpouring of mourning and celebration of his epic life, was as famous for his deeds outside the ring and in it.

As admirers and rivals pay tribute, people were recalling one incident, relatively forgotten compared to the famous achievements in his life, where he talked a suicidal man down from a ledge.

According to a CBS News report, a man was threatening to jump from the ninth-floor when Ali, who lived around a mile away, went to help.


The man was shouting "I'm not good. I'm going to jump" from the window over Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles in January, 1981.

Police and a church minister had "all but given up" trying to talk him out of it, CBS reported.

After arriving, Ali went to the window and told the man: "I'm your brother, I want to help you."

It took him 20 minutes to convince the man to open the fire escape door, allowing himself to be pulled off the ledge.

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