BREAKING: American BOXING legend MUHAMMAD ALI DIES at the age 74 years
A family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, issued a statement saying that Ali died late Friday. “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,” Gunnell said.
The boxing great’s funeral will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Ali, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984, the result of taking too many punches during his years in the ring, particularly at the end of his career, was hospitalized on June 2 in Phoenix for a respiratory ailment.
Ali’s gift of gab, fearless braggadocio, and outspoken politics made him a pop-culture icon in equal measure to his prodigious talents as a pugilist. Movies about his exploits won an Academy Award (the 1996 Oscar for best documentary for Leon Gast’s “When We Were Kings”) and were nominated twice more (Will Smith and Jon Voight for actor and supporting actor in the Michael Mann-directed 2001 biopic “Ali”).
Born in Louisville in 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., he began boxing at the age of 12, winning a number of amateur titles, culminating in an Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight at the 1960 Games in Rome. He turned pro soon after that.
Early in his career, he battled...
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