Legendary Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has been pronounced dead after succumbing to a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He has died at the age of 74.

The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died on Saturday morning at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix in Arizona State after being admitted on Thursday.

He was suffering from a respiratory illness, doctor a condition that was worsened by Parkinson’s disease which doctors attribute to his last fights when he was weaker.

The family has announced that funeral will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in United States.

Brief profile.

Muhammad Ali was born Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Ky. He was named after his father, Cassius Clay, who in turn had been named after a 19th century white abolitionist.

Cassius Sr. was a sign painter and occasional muralist. Ali’s mother, Odessa Grady Clay, was a domestic and cook.

Ali began training at 12 years old and at the age of 20 Won Olympic light-heavyweight gold in 1960.

He later turned professional that year and in 1964 stunned the world by defeating a much fancied Sonny Liston to win his first world heavyweight championship.

He went on to defend his trophy in 1967, 1974, 1978 and 1979.

Joins Islam and change name.

Shortly after the bout with Sonny (1964), Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.

He fought 61 professional bouts, winning 56 (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), and losing five (4 decisions, 1 retirement).

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