Boxing’s “Greatest” legend, Muhammad Ali is dead at 74. He died in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital after being brought in for treatment for respiratory complications.
“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,” Spokesperson Bob Gunnell released the official statement moments after the boxing legend’s death.
Ali’s Last Known Medical Condition
Hours before his death, a source close to the family has been quoted by CBC saying “It is just a matter of hours.” After being found barely breathing in his home, Ali was rushed to a hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona. He was on life support for the rest of his hospital stay before finally being knocked out by death.
Muhammad Ali’s Last Words
Born Cassius Clay, the boxing legend left words that stung just as his punches hurt in the ring. His last known public statement was a criticism of Republican nominee, Donald Trump and his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering America. He said, “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”
During his last years, Ali suffered a loss of words due to his Parkinson’s disease. But in a 2009 NPR article, his wife shares Ali’s words in essay saying “Nothing in life has defeated me. I am still the “Greatest.” This I believe.”
Ali’s Funeral Details
— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest in his hometown, Louisville, Kentucky.
Hours before Ali’s death, preparations were already underway for the boxing legend’s funeral.
Bob Gunnell, the family’s spokesperson has further added “The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”
ESPN reports flags in his hometown, Louisville will be raised half-mast to mourn for the boxing legend’s death.