Ken Norton, a Championship Fighter Who Broke Ali’s Jaw, Is Dead at 70
Norton was involved in a bad car accident in 1986. He recovered, and three years later he was inducted to the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Reflecting the strong athletic pedigree, one of Norton's sons, Ken Jr., played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
Tributes are quickly pouring in for Norton, who was once given the title of the "Father of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times in 1977. "My heart has been heavy since hearing the news earlier today," boxer Larry Holmes wrote on Twitter. "He was a good man.
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson said he met Norton when Tyson was still an amateur boxer. "Today a great man passed away," Tyson wrote on Twitter. "A legend in the boxing world and a good man. "Ken Norton was always nice to me even when I was just an amateur fighter. He always treated me like I was somebody. Remarkable man. Condolences to Ken Norton's family on this very sad day."