‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali Dies At 74

Muhammad Ali2016 has claimed another great. Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, has died at the age of 74.

Ali passed away from septic shock on Friday (June03) at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he’d recently spent time being treated for respiratory complications. The boxer, who battled Parkinson’s for over 30 years, was surrounded by his daughters and other loved ones during his final moments.

“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,” Bob Gunnell, Ali’s family spokesman, told NBC News.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, the boxer was one of the most highly celebrated athletes and talented boxers of all time, not to mention a huge civil rights activist and all-around straight shooter. He rose to fame not only because of his immense talent, but also because the controversy he was great at stirring up-namely his firm stance against racism and public conversion to Islam, when he was given the name Muhammad Ali by Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Because of his personal beliefs, Ali opted not to serve in the Vietnam War and was very open about his thoughts on who he felt his true enemies were at that time.

Ali’s daughter Hana has spoken out since her father’s passing, saying that he was a true fighter up until the end. “All of his organs failed but his HEART wouldn’t stop beating. FOr 30 minutes…his heart just kept beating,” she wrote in her note posted to Twitter.

More of Ali’s children have begun sharing photos and memories of their dad to various social media sites as well.

Rasheda and Maryum Ali have also taken to Twitter to express their grief:

Laila Ali posted a sweet photo of her father holding her as a newborn:

A photo posted by Laila Ali (@thereallailaali) on

Ali’s youngest child, Asaad Ali, shared a message in memory of his father as well:

Ali will reportedly be laid to rest on Friday (JUNE10) after a funeral in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

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