Header Ads

The Greatest of All Time', Dead at 74, Muhammad Ali

UPDATE, June 4, 2016, 12:35 a.m.: Muhammad Ali has died. He was 74. 

Muhammad Ali remained hospitalized Friday in the Phoenix area, battling respiratory problems serious enough to draw family members to his bedside.

The 74-year-old boxing great's respiratory issues have been complicated by the Parkinson's that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s, two people told The Associated Press a day earlier.

The two spoke separately in describing Ali's condition as being very concerning to family members. They declined to be identified because they were not speaking on behalf of the family.

Several of Ali's daughters reportedly flew to Phoenix late Thursday and early Friday to be with their father. Several of his children did not respond to messages from the AP Friday.

A spokesman for the former heavyweight champion said in an email Friday that there was no update on his condition.

Ali has suffered from Parkinson's for three decades, most famously trembling badly while lighting the Olympic torch in 1996 in Atlanta. Despite the disease he kept up a busy appearance schedule until recently, though he has not spoken in public for years.

Doctors say the Parkinson's likely was caused by the thousands of punches Ali took during a career in which he travelled the world for big fights.

An iconic figure who at one point was perhaps the most recognized person in the world, Ali has lived quietly in the Phoenix area with his fourth wife, Lonnie, whom he married in 1986.

News of his hospitalization brought well wishes from boxers and others on Twitter, including Sugar Ray Leonard, who modelled his career after Ali's.

"Prayers & blessings to my idol, my friend, & without question, the Greatest of All Time ?MuhammadAli ! #GOAT," Leonard wrote.

 Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/06/03/muhammad-ali-hospital_n_10286774.html

No comments:

Theme images by NickS. Powered by Blogger.