Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 in an Arizona hospital, a spokesperson confirmed. Ali was battling a respiratory problem at and his condition had been reportedly grave for the last few days.
According to reports, the 74-year-old, who was already suffering from Parkinson’s disease, had to be hospitalised after complaining of breathing difficulties.
Although Ali’s spokesperson Bob Gunnell had released a statement a day before saying that a ‘brief stay’ in the hospital was expected and that the boxer fighter remained in ‘fair condition’, this morning confirmed the worst fears of Ali’s fans.
This wasn’t the first time Ali had to be hospitalised in recent times.
Apart from the pre-existing Parkinson’s which was said to be an effect of all the punches he took over his career – in 2014 he had came down with pneumonia and in 2015 with urinary tract infection.
Quotes of Muhammad Ali
The remark bookended the life of a man who burst into the national consciousness in the early 1960s, when as a young heavyweight champion he converted to Islam and refused to serve in the Vietnam War, and became an emblem of strength, eloquence, conscience and courage. Ali was an anti-establishment showman who transcended borders and barriers, race and religion. His fights against other men became spectacles, but he embodied much greater battles.
In his final years, Ali was barely able to speak. Asked to share his personal philosophy with NPR in 2009, Ali let his wife read his essay:
“I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” Ali wrote. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.”