Considered as one of the greatest boxers, Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74 after being rushed into intensive care. He has been into intensive care due to having breathing problems complicated by Parkinson’s disease. A number of his children have also flown in after he has been admitted to intensive care.
A spokesman for the family has confirmed the death of the boxing legend. The spokesman has said to Jon Schuppe of NBC News that Ali has died, according to Bleacher Report. Adam Schefter posted on Twitter the announcement by family spokesman Bob Gunnell. Aside from the announcement Schefter has also noted briefly how much legacy Ali has left to sports.
Boxers from all over have also begun to offer their sympathy to the family as well as give their thoughts on the legacy he has left not only to boxing but to sports in general. Floyd Mayweather said to ESPN that the world has lost a legend, a hero and a great man.
Aside from Mayweather, boxing promoter, Bob Arum has reacted to the news. In his statement, he says that a true great has left and spoken of his impact on the world. LeBron James has also spoken, saying that Ali is great not only for what he did in the ring but for what he stood for especially outside it. Mike Tyson on Twitter has also made his reaction.
Ali had been taken to a hospital in the Phoenix, Arizona area following issues with his breathing this week. He has been placed on life support and his children have started coming in later in the week as doctors said they feared the worse, a report by the Mirror said earlier.
Ali was born on Jan. 17, 1942. He was then named as Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior. By age 12 he had taken up boxing under Joe Martin, who served as his trainer in his amateur career. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, he won the light heavyweight gold medal for the United States.
After the Olympics Ali turned to professional boxing under the guidance of legendary trainer Angelo Dundee. For most of his career, he has been known for his quick hands and footwork inside the ring.
Ali has retired from boxing in 1981 and has also had Parkinson’s disease for decades. Many have noted that he has looked increasingly frail in the recent months. One of the last public appearances he had been with singer Carrie Underwood and in the photo taken it can be clearly seen how frail the boxing legend was.
Family spokesman Gunnell has said that the funeral will take place at his hometown in Louisville. Further details about it would be released later on Saturday morning. It is also reported that flags in the city will be flown at half-mast from 10 a.m. Saturday.
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