: Muhammad Ali passes away at 74

10:58 Jun. 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali passes away at 74

Muhammad Ali (GettyImages Photo)

American boxing legend dies in hospital after 32-year battle against Parkinson's disease

Former American professional boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. He died in the hospital with his family at his side on Friday evening, June 3. Prior to his death, Ali had been on life support after he was hospitalized with a respiratory issue on Thursday.

At first his condition was described as "fair". However, later he got worse and the medics couldn't do anything to help him.

"The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening. The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time, Muhammad Ali's spokesman Bob Gunnel said.

 The boxer's family announced his funeral would be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky (United States).

Media reported, Ali's respiratory problems were likely complicated by his Parkinson's disease. He was diagnosed with this disease 32 years ago, after he retired from boxing.

Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after converting to Sunni Islam. He was generally considered the greatest heavyweight in the history of boxing. 


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