Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 after long battle with Parkinson's disease
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He was fast of fist and foot -- lip, too -- a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly, he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper.
He was "The Greatest."
Muhammad Ali died Friday, according to a statement from his family. He was 74.
"We lost a legend, a hero and a great man," Floyd Mayweather told ESPN.
Ali had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area this week with respiratory issues, and his children had flown in from around the country.
The Paradise Valley Police Department told ABC News that an emergency medical services call was made from Ali's address in the Phoenix area on Tuesday, and the Phoenix Fire Department confirmed that it responded at that time to a call for mutual aid for a 74-year-old male with respiratory issues.
Muhammad Ali Dies: 'The Greatest' Boxer Dead at 74
By ABC NEWS
Three-time heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, who charmed millions with his wit and confidence in the ring and inspired many more with his commitment to humanitarian causes has died, according to the family spokesman. He was 74.
"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,” said family spokesperson Bob Gunnell.
Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Gunnell said in the statement, adding "the Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time."
Ali had been hospitalized for a respiratory issue June 2. At the time, a rep said he was in fair condition.
The late boxer's son, Asaad Ali, wrote on Instagram, "Forever grateful for everything you have ever gave me...You've shown me how to love the world in ways I didn't know possible."
His daughter Hani Ali tweeted, "Our father was a 'Humble Mountain!' And now he has gone home to God."
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74
Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, died at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted on Thursday.
Muhammad Ali, Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century, Dies at 74
By ROBERT LIPSYTE
Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74.
Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend dies aged 74
Boxing great Muhammad Ali has died aged 74 in a Phoenix hospital following a short battle with a respiratory illness.
World mourns death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali dead age 74
Editor on duty: Stephen Wilson
MUHAMMAD Ali, the greatest boxer of his generation, has died at age 74 surrounded by family and friends in a Phoenix hospital.
Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest' Boxing Legend, Dies at 74
by Mike Barnes
The most recognizable person on the planet gained fans in Hollywood and around the world for his exploits in and out of the boxing ring.
Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world and global icon whose magnetic charm and anti-establishment ethos made him someone Hollywood found impossible to resist, has died. He was 74.
Muhammad Ali, boxing champion and global good-will ambassador, dies at 74
By Matt Schudel and Bart Barnes
Muhammad Ali, the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist who transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement of the 1960s and ultimately a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix, where he was living. He was 74.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74
By Mark Ashenden
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a spokesman for his family has confirmed.
The three-time world heavyweight champion had suffered from Parkinson's disease since 1984 - three years after he retired from the sport.
Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest sportsmen ever, has died at 74.
He will forever be known as The Greatest.
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