Today (May 19), it’s been revealed that Jim Brown, an American football great, passionate civil rights activist, and decorated actor, has passed away at the age of 87. Taking to social media, his wife, Monique Brown, shared an emotional message in tribute to her husband.

“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown,” the post read. “He passed peacefully last night at our LA home. To the world he was an activist, actor, and football star. To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken…”

Most know Jim as one of the greatest fullbacks in the NFL — he held that position with the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 and won a championship with that team in 1964. He also appeared in numerous films and television shows like “I Spy,” The Dirty Dozen, “CHiPs,” “Knight Rider,” I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and Any Given Sunday.

Fans, peers, and entities alike have since reacted to Jim’s death on social media. The official Twitter account for the Browns called him a “visionary” in their tribute.

“It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy,” the message read. “We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he brought to the world. Our hearts are with Jim’s family, loved ones, and all those he impacted along the way.”

Meanwhile, many others questioned his reportedly dark past — specifically, past issues regarding violence and harassment toward the women in his life.

“Will never understand what’s so difficult about being honest when a public figure dies,” said Twitter user Sam White. “Yeah, Jim Brown was an amazing athlete. He also beat the dog s**t out of a bunch of women. Both are true and relevant to his legacy. This isn’t hard.”

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