Famous boxer Muhammad Ali has passed away. The star died at the age of 74, after a hospitalization with some respiratory issues. The sad news were already confirmed by Ali’s family, who revealed that the famous boxer died on Friday night. The star’s family also revealed that his funeral will be taking place in his hometown, Louisville, in Kentucky.
Before his death, Muhammad Ali has spent about two days in the hospital, receiving treatment for a respiratory issue. However, the famous boxer was also suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which apparently made his respiratory condition much worse. Ali was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
“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,” an official statement from Ali’s family indicated.
Muhammad Ali became widely known for his spectacular boxing career. He actually started boxing at the age of only 12 and won his first major competition in 1960, when he received the light-heavyweight gold at the Rome Olympics. The popular boxer was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., but in 1964 he decided to convert to Islam, when he also changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
Ali ended his boxing career in 1981. He decided to retire after winning no less than 56 fights out of a total of 61 matches he attended. There is no wonder after all that he was called The Greatest. Ali is considered to be one of the most legendary names in box and a spectacular athlete.
However, after ending his boxing career, Ali’s health started to gradually deteriorate. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 1984, three years after retiring from boxing. In the most recent years, the former boxer needed several times medical assistance, being hospitalized on several occasions.
Muhammad Ali is survived by his wife Yolanda Williams, two sons and seven daughters. Ali and Yolanda have been married for no less than 30 years. Many famous boxers have regarded Ali as their inspiration for success. Ali remains one of the most significant names in the history of boxing.