- Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74
- Prior to his death, the boxing legend was brought to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment for respiratory complications
- Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease
- His funeral will take place in his hometown at Louisville, Kentucky
After spending a few days at a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment for respiratory complications, boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74.
His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, who earlier stated that Ali was hospitalized due to respiratory problems, an article published by NBC News dated June 4 disclosed.
“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 was quoted as saying.
The boxing superstar had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity.
Hours before his death, an article on Reuters noted that Ali is in “grave condition” and was placed on life support.
Ali’s last public appearance was in April at the “Celebrity Fight Night” gala which was held in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
The boxing champ was best known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it: “to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”
He held the heavyweight title a record three times, and Sports Illustrated named him the top sportsman of the 20th century.
Nicknamed “The Greatest,” Ali retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 56 wins, 37 by knockout, and five losses.
In his remaining hours, Ali was surrounded by his family specifically his children.
Gunnell said his funeral will take place in his hometown at Louisville, Kentucky. Further details is yet to be released.