Why Muhammad Ali's Star on Hollywood Boulevard Floats Like a Butterfly Above Ground

More than 2,500 stars are on Hollywood's sidewalks. Ali's was the exception.

While more than 2,500 brass stars are embedded in the sidewalk on 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and several blocks on Vine Street in Hollywood, Ali's is the only one that hangs vertically.

So why the exception?

His star was ceremonially presented on an easel, as opposed to being unveiled on the ground like the others, and then hung up near the entrance of the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars have been held since that year.

The world-famous boxer died Friday night at the age of 74 in a Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital surrounded by his family.

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