Breaking News!!: Phoenix, AZ: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has dead on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at a Phoenix, Arizona area hospital as family members gathered by his bedside.
Muhammad Ali had spent the past few days in the hospital being treated for respiratory complications.
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Muhammad Ali was 74 year old when he passed away.
Considered to be one of the greatest boxers ever, Ali fought his way to 56 wins during his career, 37 by way of knockout.
Perhaps the most recognized person in the globe, Muhammad Ali will be remembered for iconic victories over Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman.
Muhammad Ali was also claimed the gold medal for light heavyweight in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.
Muhammad Ali famously say, “I am the greatest,” and “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
In 1967, Muhammad Ali defied the draft at the height of the Vietnam War, stating, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.”
Muhammad Ali was stripped of his passport and his boxing titles, and effectively banned from fighting for 3 years after refusing to join the United States Army, but the United States Supreme Court overturned his conviction and his passport was returned.
The former boxing champ was diagnosed in 1984 with Parkinson’s disease.
Muhammad Ali served as a guest referee at the first WrestleMania, flying to Iraq in 1990 to negotiate with Saddam Hussein for the release of 14 American hostages, and lighting the torch at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
His athletic prowess and global appeal were so great that in 1999, Sports Illustrated named Ali Sportsman of the Century, the BBC crowned him Sports Personality of the Century, and Wheaties put him on a box of cereal 18 years after his last fight.
In 2005, former United States President George Bush awarded Muhammad Ali the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
But the disease began to slow Muhammad Ali, and he progressively withdrew from the spotlight, making rare appearances to promote the 2001 biopic “Ali,” or visiting Afghanistan the following year as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
Muhammad Ali attended a ceremony in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in September 2014, though he did not speak.
According to Muhammad Ali’s family spokesman Bob Gunnell, Muhammad Ali was hospitalized for what was a respiratory issue on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, and was in fair condition and was expected to be in the hospital for a brief stay.
In a statement, Muhammad Ali’s family thanked the public for the outpouring of support.
Muhammad Ali ‘s family said his funeral would be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
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