Boxing legend, often regarded as the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali has died on Friday as revealed by a family spokesman, Bob Gunnell in a statement.
The great boxer was suffering from a respiratory illness, which was further complicated by Parkinson’s disease.
After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease the former world heavyweight boxing champion and one of the world’s best-known sportsmen, gave up at a hospital in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America after he was brought in on Thursday.
The three-time heavyweight world champion left family and friends worried throughout Friday amid reports that the respiratory illness which he has been battling with was made worse as a result of the Parkinson’s that had condemned the boxer popular called “The Greatest” to a weak old man.
Muhammad Ali had been hospitalized several times in recent years as his health continued to deteriorate.
Apart from the respiratory illness that later claimed his life, he also suffered a mild case of pneumonia which made him spend time in the hospital in 2014, followed by a urinary tract infection which also got him hospitalized in 2015.
Known globally not just for his remarkable ring career, but also for his roles as a civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali had limited his public speaking for years as a result of the the Parkinson’s disease which was unavoidably linked to the thousands of punches he took in during a brutal career surrounded by bruising battles inside the ropes.
However, the fighter did not give up so easily as he continued to make public appearances, offering opinions through his family members and spokespeople and giving back to the society.
He attended a Celebrity Fight Night Dinner in Phoenix that raised funds for treatment of Parkinson’s in April.
Ali will be buried in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.