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Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies at 74
By AFP
June 04, 2016

Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, a family spokesman said in a statement.

Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, a family spokesman said in a statement.

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A picture taken on 25 February 1964 in Miami, during the match at the end of which the American Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali, right) became world heavyweight boxing champion against Sonny Liston. AFP Photo

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said. 

Ali, whose fame transcended sport during a remarkable heavyweight boxing career that spanned three decades, had been hospitalised in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with a respiratory ailment this week.

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Taken on 24 May 2011, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali arriving at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. AFP Photo

Concern for the three-time heavyweight world champion had grown throughout Friday amid reports that his respiratory trouble was complicated by the Parkinson’s that had left the fighter called “The Greatest” increasingly frail.

Known globally not only for his storied ring career but also for his civil rights activism, Ali had been hospitalised multiple times in recent years.

He spent time in hospital in 2014 after suffering a mild case of pneumonia and again in 2015 for a urinary tract infection.

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Taken on 22 March 2013, Muhammad Ali, Lonnie Ali, and Dennis Washington attending Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. AFP Photo

His Parkinson’s, thought to be linked to the thousands of punches he took during a brutal career studded by bruising battles inside the ropes, had limited his public speaking for years. 

But he continued to make appearances and offer opinions through his family members and spokespeople.

In April, he attended a Celebrity Fight Night Dinner in Phoenix that raised funds for treatment of Parkinson’s.

In December, he issued a statement rebuking US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

“Muhammad Ali transformed this country and impacted the world with his spirit,” said longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum. “His legacy will be part of our history for all time.”

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