Updated on June 4 at 3:41 a.m. ET
Muhammad Ali died late Friday. The cause of death was a respiratory illness aggravated by Parkinson’s disease, the debilitating affliction from which he suffered in the latter decades of his life. Our full obituary here.
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Muhammad Ali, the former boxing heavyweight champion, is battling respiratory issues at a hospital in the Phoenix area. He is 74 years old, and his condition is complicated by the Parkinson’s disease with which he was diagnosed in the 1980s.
The Associated Press, citing two anonymous sources whom it identifies as people familiar with Ali’s condition, reported the boxing legend’s “condition .. may be more serious ... than his previous hospital stays.” Bob Arum, the boxing promoter, told ESPN: “I know it’s not looking good. He’s a fighter and he’s going to continue to fight.” NBC News, meanwhile, reported the boxer was in “grave” condition, adding his family has gathered by Ali’s bedside.
Ali was admitted to hospital on Thursday. At the time, Bob Gunnell, his spokesman, said the boxer’s condition was fair and that the hospital stay was short. On Friday, he told the AP there was no update on Ali’s condition. Ali previously spent multiple days in hospital in January 2015.
Reaction to Ali’s hospitalization led to wishes for his speedy recovery from his fellow boxers:
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