Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesperson confirmed late Friday night.
Ali suffered for from Parkinson’s Disease since the 1980’s following his impressive career that captivated the world and transcended the sport of boxing.
Ali was admitted to a Phoenix area hospital earlier this week due to respiratory issues and died with family members around his bedside, according to a family spokesperson.
Ali is most remembered for some of the most iconic fights in the squared circle during his career including a string of fights with Joe Frazier, the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ against George Foreman in Zaire. His prolific career was put on hold for several years after he refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War.
He finished with a professional record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts and he was the first man to win the heavyweight title three times.
The man known as ‘The Greatest’ has been in and out of hospital in recent years, including a stint in 2015 when he suffered from a severe urinary tract infection.
His last formal appearance was in April at an annual Celebrity Fight Night dinner in Phoenix, which raised funds for treatment of Parkinson’s.
Statement From Ali Family
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 died this evening,” according to family spokesperson Bob Gunnell.
Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, KY. The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support and asks for privacy at this time.
Statement From Manny Pacquiao
We lost a giant today. Boxing benefitted [sic] from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefitted [sic] from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. May God bless them.
Statement From Don King
It’s a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die. Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world.
Ralph Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, "The greatest piece" https://t.co/xVKOc9qtub— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali was a true inspiration for me in my career. His strength in what he believed in fueled me in my resolve. #RIPChamp— Warren Moon (@WMoon1) June 4, 2016