Legendary boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali has died today at the age of 74!
He was checked into a Phoenix-area hospital due to respiratory issues on Thursday, but despite medical attention his health continued to worsen.
Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, released a statement saying, “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.”
The funeral will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, but a date has yet to be reported.
Born Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name and converted to Islam in 1964.
As recently as last December, he continued to champion his religion, calling out Donald Trump for his proposal of banning all Muslims from entering the U.S.
“We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.
Muhammad Ali is survived by his wife Yolanda Williams and 9 children, including boxing champ Laila Ali.