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Popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died. He was 79. He made more than 30 trips to North Korea during his time as a lawmaker in hopes of forging peace and friendship. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday. Born as Kanji Inoki in 1943 in Yokohama, just outside Tokyo, he moved to Brazil with his family when he was 13 and worked at a coffee plantation. Inoki made his pro-wrestling debut in 1960 and gave himself a ring name Antonio Inoki two years later.

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - Wrestler Antonio Inoki, left, and world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali shake hands after a 15-round boxing- wrestling fight on June 26, 1976, at Tokyo's Budokan hall. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo, File)

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki bows at the end of a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Aug. 21, 2014. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki kicks the back of Muhammad Ali's leg during their boxing-wrestling bout at the Budokan hall in Tokyo, June 26, 1976. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo, File)

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - Japanese pro-wrestler turned politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki waves as he arrives at the Sunan International Airport on Aug. 28, 2014, in Pyongyang, North Korea. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - Japan's pro-wrestler-turned-parliamentarian Kanji "Antonio" Inoki prepares to leave Hong Kong on Sept. 7, 2018, for North Korea via Beijing, China. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is shown trying to evade kicks by wrestler Antonio Inoki during their 15-round World Martial Arts match on July 26, 1976, in Tokyo. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo, File)

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CORRECTS TO 1976, NOT 1979 - FILE - Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki clamps leg hold on boxer Chuck Wepner of Bayonne, New Jersey, during the sixth round of a bout at Tokyo's Budokan hall on Oct. 26, 1977. A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co. says Inoki, who was battling an illness, died earlier Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo, File)

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Fans will have a chance to say goodbye to Naomi Judd, the late matriarch of the Grammy-winning country duo The Judds, on a tour starting Friday. The Judd family continues to grieve her sudden death on April 30 only weeks after the tour was announced. Wynonna Judd, who will helm the 11-city tour starting Friday, called it "devastatingly beautiful" to relive her memories of her mom during the tour. Daughter Ashley Judd recalled her mother's compassion and desire to learn, as well as her efforts to reduce the stigma of mental health. The family hopes that fans will be uplifted by her legacy of music and advocacy.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop's biggest names of the 1990s with hits including “Gangsta's Paradise” and “Fantast…