Legendary boxer and self-proclaimed “The Greatest” has died at a hospital on Friday in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Mohammad Ali was admitted to a hospital where he was in critical condition. The cause of death was declared respiratory complications. He was 74.
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.
Muhammad Ali had been suffering Parkinson’s disease – a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity.
In 1960, Ali converted to Islam after refusing to serve in USA led Vietnam war. Throughout his professional career, he lived up to his own claim of “The Greatest” and became a champion that ruled the boxing arena for decades.
Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
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“I love this photo of my father and my daughter Sydney when she was a baby! Thank for all the love and well wishes. I feel your love and appreciate it!!” Laila Ali, herself a former world champion boxer, wrote.
Rest in Peace!