UPDATE: Muhammad Ali’s health declining
Muhammad Ali’s brother, Rahman Ali, says that his brother’s health is declining.
Rahman says that his brother can no longer speak and does not even recognize him and he fears that he will pass away before the end of summer. Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. Fox Sports reports that in 2011 Muhammad was rushed to the hospital after falling unconscious.
Rahman says that he would rather his brother pass sooner and peacefully to end the pain he has been suffering for over 20 years. Muhammad’s brother says, “It could be months, it could be days. I don’t know if he’ll last the summer. He’s in God’s hands. We hope he gently passes away.”
He also mentions the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote that will be engraved into his tombstone. The quote will read:
“I tried to love somebody, I did try to feed the hungry. I did try, in my life, to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. The Greatest.”
Rahman Ali also mentions that Muhammad’s wife will not allow anyone to see him, not even his family, reports UPI.com, according to the Examiner. Muhammad’s wife, Lonnie, has “blocked” his father and even his own son from seeing him. She has also “blocked” his son’s trust fund from him.
UPDATE: Muhammad Ali’s daughter, May May, said that she spoke to her father and that he is doing just fine. She said that he is sitting at home and watching the Super Bowl in a Baltimore Ravens jersey, according to the Associated Press.
She said, ”He’s fine, in fact he was talking well this morning. These rumors pop up every once in a while but there’s nothing to them.”
Muhammad Ali turned 71 last month and appears to be doing well.