Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies At Age 74
Muhammad Ali, former heavyweight boxing champion, legend and cultural icon, has died at the age of 74. NBC News:
After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," family spokesman Bob Gunell said. "The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening."
Born Cassius Clay in 1942 in Louisville, KY, he learned to box as a youngster after another child stole his bike. He became champion in a celebrated bout with veteran Sonny Liston, converted to Islam in 1963, and was banned from the sport for four years after refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. He proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and transformed the sport, bringing in new fans and capturing the imagination of a generation.
Ali had been placed on life support earlier in the day Friday, and doctors said that his death was imminent. He is survived by his fourth wife, Lonnie, and nine children. His youngest daughter, Laila, 39, became a professional boxer, and retired undefeated in 2007.
"If you dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize." - Muhammad Ali pic.twitter.com/TLB7P54O8B
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) June 4, 2016
.@GeorgeForeman: "I never got in the ring with anyone as tough as Muhammad Ali. No matter how hard you hit him, he was not going to fall."
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 4, 2016
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