Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most significant sporting figures in history. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.
When boxing legend Muhammad Ali was hospitalized last Monday with a respiratory illness, those close to him hoped he would bounce back as the 74-year-old had so many times before.
Family spokesman Bob Gunnell on Saturday said Ali had been admitted in fair condition but “things became more serious,” and then “it became clear that his condition wasn’t going to improve.” The cause of Ali’s death on Friday was septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes,” Gunnell said.
“Muhammad has battled back many times,” said Gunnell. “We expected it to happen this time.” But experts say the quick decline wasn’t surprising given the champ’s age and decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Muhammad Ali’s daughter Hana Ali tweeted :
— Hana Ali (@Hanayali) June 4, 2016
— Shaikh Noman Ahmed (@sknomanahmed) June 5, 2016