The former heavyweight Boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who was diagnosed with advanced Parkinson disease, died due to respiratory issues.
The civil rights hero was sick for a long time and on Friday he took his last breath at a Phoenix-area hospital. A funeral service has been arranged in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. A family spokesperson confirmed this news.
The 74-year old man hailed as one of the greatest boxers in the sports history was also loved by one and all. His outspoken support for civil rights won him many fans through the year. This latest news of his passing away has come as a shock to fans across the globe.
He was born in Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky on 17th January 1942. Through the years, he trained himself to learn boxing and made his competitive debut in 1954.
His debut was only a three-minute amateur bout. Through the year, he became a name to be reckoned with in the boxing domain and won many awards which also included the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in 1959.
He was also part of the Rome Olympics in 1960 and beat Poland’s Zbigniew Pietrzykowski to become the winner in the Olympic light-heavyweight champion.
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Through the years of his illustrious journey, he had both success and failure. Even though he had many setbacks in his career but his record as a boxer was very impressive. In his 21 years of professional boxing, he won 56 fights, 37 by knockout and lost only 5.
But rumors about his health started doing the rounds in the US and abroad and came as a shocker when the boxer got diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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Ali suffered from the progressive neurological condition for the last three decades, and his health started declining as time passed.
The man who never shied away from speaking his mind has left a mark in the life of each and every person in the world. Even though the disease succumbed him to death but his name will do the rounds for coming many generations.