Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion is dead. Ali died on Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, confirmed. He was 74.
The heavyweight champion has been battling with Parkinson’s disease for the past 32-years which slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace.
“At the end, the mischief was still in his eyes. Even the pall of Parkinson’s disease never took that away, but for too many years before his death,Muhammad Ali was not the Muhammad Ali you wanted to remember. Instead of shouting, “I am the greatest,” he whispered. Instead of whirling in his white boxing shoes with red tassels, he shuffled. And instead of that wonderful face lighting up when he spoke, he wore a cheerless mask.” Dave Anderson