Hall of Famer Ken Norton dead at 70

Ken Norton's trilogy with Muhammad Ali was as brutal as it was close and the fights made him a popular heavyweight during the division's golden era.

Check out some photos of his life inside and outside of the ring.

Ken Norton poses for a picture at a fundraiser. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a picture at a fundraiser. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a picture at a fundraiser. (Getty)
Mohammad Ali defeats Ken Norton in Yankee Stadium on September 28, 1976 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Mohammad Ali defeats Ken Norton in Yankee Stadium on September 28, 1976 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Mohammad Ali defeats Ken Norton in Yankee Stadium on September 28, 1976 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Ken Norton poses for a picture with Chubby Checker at a fundraiser. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a picture with Chubby Checker at a fundraiser. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a picture with Chubby Checker at a fundraiser. (Getty)
Former boxer Ken Norton and actor Eric Braeden talk as Mr. Braeden is honored with the 2,342th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Former boxer Ken Norton and actor Eric Braeden talk as Mr. Braeden is honored with the 2,342th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Former boxer Ken Norton and actor Eric Braeden talk as Mr. Braeden is honored with the 2,342th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali in Yankee Stadium on September 28, 1976 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali is hit with a left jab from Ken Norton during the fight at the Sports Arena on March 31,1973 in San Diego, California. Ken Norton won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali in Yankee Stadium on September 28, 1976 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali looks on while Ken Norton talks during a press conference for one of their fights. (Getty)
Muhammad Ali looks on while Ken Norton talks during a press conference for one of their fights. (Getty)
Muhammad Ali looks on while Ken Norton talks during a press conference for one of their fights. (Getty)
Michael Jai White and Ken Norton Sr. during Ken Norton 1995 Portrait Session by Bob Riha in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Michael Jai White and Ken Norton Sr. during Ken Norton 1995 Portrait Session by Bob Riha in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Michael Jai White and Ken Norton Sr. during Ken Norton 1995 Portrait Session by Bob Riha in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ken Norton poses for a photo. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a photo. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a photo. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a photo with two unidentified women. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a photo with two unidentified women. (Getty)
Ken Norton poses for a photo with two unidentified women. (Getty)
Chevy Chase and Ken Norton during Celebrity Fight Night XI at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Chevy Chase and Ken Norton during Celebrity Fight Night XI at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Chevy Chase and Ken Norton during Celebrity Fight Night XI at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Jim Carrey and Ken Norton during Celebrity Fight Night XI at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Jim Carrey and Ken Norton during Celebrity Fight Night XI at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Jim Carrey and Ken Norton during Celebrity Fight Night XI at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Ken Norton, left, throws a punch at Mohammad Ali, right, during the WBC/WBA heavyweight title fight September 28, 1976 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx borough of New York City. Ali retained the title with a twelve round unanimous decision. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, throws a punch at Mohammad Ali, right, during the WBC/WBA heavyweight title fight September 28, 1976 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx borough of New York City. Ali retained the title with a twelve round unanimous decision. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, throws a punch at Mohammad Ali, right, during the WBC/WBA heavyweight title fight September 28, 1976 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx borough of New York City. Ali retained the title with a twelve round unanimous decision. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, fights Ron Stander, right, in a heavyweight fight April 30, 1976 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. Norton won the fight in the fifth round by TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, fights Ron Stander, right, in a heavyweight fight April 30, 1976 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. Norton won the fight in the fifth round by TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, fights Ron Stander, right, in a heavyweight fight April 30, 1976 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. Norton won the fight in the fifth round by TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, talks with broadcaster Howard Cosell, right, after defeating Ron Stander in a heavyweight fight April 30, 1976 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. Norton won the fight in the fifth round by TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, talks with broadcaster Howard Cosell, right, after defeating Ron Stander in a heavyweight fight April 30, 1976 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. Norton won the fight in the fifth round by TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, left, talks with broadcaster Howard Cosell, right, after defeating Ron Stander in a heavyweight fight April 30, 1976 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. Norton won the fight in the fifth round by TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton looks on with an ABC broadcaster circa 1972. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton looks on with an ABC broadcaster circa 1972. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton looks on with an ABC broadcaster circa 1972. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton, right, talks with broadcaster Howard Cosell during a boxing match circa 1978. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton, right, talks with broadcaster Howard Cosell during a boxing match circa 1978. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton, right, talks with broadcaster Howard Cosell during a boxing match circa 1978. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
THE A-TEAM -- "Pros and Cons" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, Ken Norton as Jackhammer Jackson -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE A-TEAM -- "Pros and Cons" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, Ken Norton as Jackhammer Jackson -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE A-TEAM -- "Pros and Cons" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, Ken Norton as Jackhammer Jackson -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE A-TEAM -- "Pros and Cons" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ken Norton as Jackhammer Jackson, George Peppard as John 'Hannibal' Smith, Mr. T as B.A. Baracus -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE A-TEAM -- "Pros and Cons" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ken Norton as Jackhammer Jackson, George Peppard as John 'Hannibal' Smith, Mr. T as B.A. Baracus -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE A-TEAM -- "Pros and Cons" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ken Norton as Jackhammer Jackson, George Peppard as John 'Hannibal' Smith, Mr. T as B.A. Baracus -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
Former boxer Ken Norton appears onstage at the Keep Memory Alive foundation's "Power of Love Gala" celebrating Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
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Former boxer Ken Norton appears onstage at the Keep Memory Alive foundation's "Power of Love Gala" celebrating Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
Ken Norton is shown with David Hasselhoff on the set of "Knight Rider." (Getty)
Ken Norton is shown with David Hasselhoff on the set of "Knight Rider." (Getty)
Ken Norton is shown with David Hasselhoff on the set of "Knight Rider." (Getty)
Ken Norton is shown with David Hasselhoff on the set of "Knight Rider." (Getty)
Ken Norton is shown with David Hasselhoff on the set of "Knight Rider." (Getty)
Ken Norton is shown with David Hasselhoff on the set of "Knight Rider." (Getty)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/07/1973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Boxer Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, host Johnny Carson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/07/1973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Boxer Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, host Johnny Carson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/07/1973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Boxer Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, host Johnny Carson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/07/1973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Boxer Ken Norton, host Johnny Carson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/07/1973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Boxer Ken Norton, host Johnny Carson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/07/1973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Boxer Ken Norton, host Johnny Carson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
Muhammad Ali is hit with a left jab from Ken Norton during the fight at the Sports Arena on March 31,1973 in San Diego, California. Ken Norton won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali is hit with a left jab from Ken Norton during the fight at the Sports Arena on March 31,1973 in San Diego, California. Ken Norton won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali is hit with a left jab from Ken Norton during the fight at the Sports Arena on March 31,1973 in San Diego, California. Ken Norton won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Ken Norton takes a punch from Muhammad Ali during their first fight. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Ken Norton takes a punch from Muhammad Ali during their first fight. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Ken Norton takes a punch from Muhammad Ali during their first fight. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, follows through with his right as Larry Holmes misses during an early round of their heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, follows through with his right as Larry Holmes misses during an early round of their heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70
FILE - In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, follows through with his right as Larry Holmes misses during an early round of their heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1976, file photo, challenger Ken Norton, left, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trade right punches in the late rounds of their title fight in New York's Yankee Stadium. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
In this Sept. 28, 1976, file photo, challenger Ken Norton, left, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trade right punches in the late rounds of their title fight in New York's Yankee Stadium. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1976, file photo, challenger Ken Norton, left, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trade right punches in the late rounds of their title fight in New York's Yankee Stadium. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
CORRECTS ORDER OF IDS - FILE - In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, and Larry Holmes battle for the WBC heavyweight championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes won the bout in a 15-round split decision. Norton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at a Las Vegas care facility, his son said. Norton was 70. Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of his said. Gene Kilroy, who was Ali's former business manager, says he's sure Norton is "in heaven now with all the great fighters." (AP Photo/File) (AP Photo/File)
In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, and Larry Holmes battle for the WBC heavyweight championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes won the bout in a 15-round split decision. Norton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at a Las Vegas care facility, his son said. Norton was 70. Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of his said. Gene Kilroy, who was Ali's former business manager, says he's sure Norton is "in heaven now with all the great fighters."
CORRECTS ORDER OF IDS - FILE - In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, and Larry Holmes battle for the WBC heavyweight championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes won the bout in a 15-round split decision. Norton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at a Las Vegas care facility, his son said. Norton was 70. Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of his said. Gene Kilroy, who was Ali's former business manager, says he's sure Norton is "in heaven now with all the great fighters." (AP Photo/File) (AP Photo/File)
In this 1977 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton helps Tina Turner jump rope in the ring at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at a Las Vegas care facility, his son said. He was 70. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau)
In this 1977 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton helps Tina Turner jump rope in the ring at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at a Las Vegas care facility, his son said. He was 70
In this 1977 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton helps Tina Turner jump rope in the ring at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at a Las Vegas care facility, his son said. He was 70. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau)
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Muhammad Ali (L) connects with a right punch against Ken Norton during the fight at the Forum on September 10,1973 in Inglewood,California. Muhammad Ali won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12.(Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
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Muhammad Ali (L) connects with a right punch against Ken Norton during the fight at the Forum on September 10,1973 in Inglewood,California. Muhammad Ali won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12.(Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Ken Norton punches Muhammad Ali during the fight at the Forum on September 10,1973 in Inglewood, California. Muhammad Ali won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12.(Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
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Ken Norton punches Muhammad Ali during the fight at the Forum on September 10,1973 in Inglewood, California. Muhammad Ali won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12.(Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1976, file photo, challenger Ken Norton, left, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trade right punches in the late rounds of their title fight in New York's Yankee Stadium. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton dies at 70
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1976, file photo, challenger Ken Norton, left, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trade right punches in the late rounds of their title fight in New York's Yankee Stadium. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
Column: Ali, Norton and golden age of heavyweights
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
Column: Ali, Norton and golden age of heavyweights
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, follows through with his right as Larry Holmes misses during an early round of their heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
Column: Ali, Norton and golden age of heavyweights
FILE - In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, follows through with his right as Larry Holmes misses during an early round of their heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File_
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