‘The Greatest’ all time boxer Muhammad Ali passed away on June 4 at a Phoenix-area hospital in USA.
Ali who was diagnosed with Parkinson 32 years ago was 74 had was in the hospital for past few days after he complained of respiratory problems.
The death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesperson who said Ali died of respiratory complications. Gunnell while adressing media said:
“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.”
Ali was known to be a ‘silver-tongued’ boxer who had gone on to win World Heavyweight Championship thrice in his life.
Later on in his life Ali was diagnosed with the Parkinson’s Disease, which is a progressive neurological condition and slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity.
Known not to shy away from anything, he had first burst into the national consciousness in early 1960s, when as a young heavyweight champion he converted to Islam and then refused to serve in the Vietnam War.
A civil rights champion and known to always spoke what he thought was right, he had even recently criticized USA’s Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his statement to ‘ban Muslims’ from entering the United States.
At that time Ali had said “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”
His funeral service has been is planned for later this week at his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Many since then have taken to twitter to express their grief: