'The Greatest' is gone: RIP, Muhammad Ali

By admin
04 June 2016

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US at the age of 74 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems.

The sportsman, who became known as one of the greatest boxers of all time, suffered from Parkinson's disease for 32 years before losing the battle.

"The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening [3 June]," spokesperson Bob Gunnell said in a statement. "The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time."

 

The boxer, born Cassius Clay, was surrounded by his family at the time of  his death. He'd married four times and had nine children.

Tributes have poured in from around the world for the man who proclaimed himself The Greatest. He'd retired in 1981 but was still revered by boxers globally years later.

His funeral will be held in his hometown of Kentucky.

SOURCES: BBC, CNN, NBC

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