Los Angeles: Boxing icon Muhammad Ali has died, a family spokesman said in a statement. “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said. Ali, whose fame transcended sport during a remarkable heavyweight boxing career that spanned three decades, had been hospitalized in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with a respiratory ailment this week.
Ali was argualy, as he himself often boasted during his heyday, the greatest boxer of all times. He had been forced to lie low in his later years on account of the Parkinson’s disease, which he valiantly fought till the end. For a heavyweight Ali had a unique style – dancing like a butterfly and stinging like a bee – that took boxing as a sport to the pinnacle of popularity.Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, Ali began training for a boxing career at the age of 12 and at 22 won the world heavyweight championship in a upset win over Sonny Liston. He converted to Islam in 1964.
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