The Miami Marlins posted a photo of Muhammad Ali on their video board Friday night at 10:05 ET indicating that the boxing great had died.
Just announced at the Marlins game the goat has passed 😢 Muhammad Ali pic.twitter.com/tXnTJaXTIJ
— 1999 PEDRO MARTINEZ (@b0ss561) June 4, 2016
At that time, no other media outlet had reported Ali’s death. The official announcement didn’t come until two hours later. This led many to believe the tribute was premature.
Marlins president David Samson said he was working off reliable information.
“It was not an error,” [he] said. “We were informed by someone close to the family that he had passed away. We wanted to get a tribute out as soon as we possibly could.”