Elizabeth Darst
November 16, 2001 03:37 PM

Celebrities including Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, rapper Method Man, MTV host Carson Daly, record producer Russell Simmons and designer Todd Oldham convened at New York’s Roxy on Thursday night to pay tribute to boxer, humanitarian and activist Muhammad Ali, reports PEOPLE. MTV’s John Norris hosted the event, a benefit for ShiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday), a national non-profit organization that uses art, music, technology and sports to help young people avoid violence and become involved in their communities. P. Diddy said of his hero: “I always try to be like Muhammad. He’s is such a great inspiration and such a great role model to everyone, across the board. His whole life has been a shining example of how a man should be, how a human being should be.” Method Man was impressed by the fighter’s sense of humor. Said the Wu-Tang Clan member: “I met Muhammad Ali and he called me ‘The Porcupine’ because I had my hair out that day and he said that he had names for all the opponents he fought. Frazier was ‘The Gorilla’ and Foreman was ‘Frankenstein’ and I got ‘The Porcupine.’ But I take that because he’s the champ.”

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