Lighting fast punches who stunk like a bee — a heavyweight champion who swore to shock the world and actually did it, losses the fight against death and closes his eyes at age 74 in Arizona. Muhammad Ali was fighting Parkinson’s disease for a long time and one of his many famous quotes even stated
“I conquered the world, and it didn’t bring me happiness. God gave me this illness to remind me that I’m not number one, He is”.
Considered the most famous athlete ever born, Muhammad Ali floated and stung. However, he mostly electrified everyone out of the boxing ring. And even after his blows have taken their toll, his voice hardly sprinkled above a whisper.
He was The Greatest.
Muhammad Ali breathed his last on Friday at age 74, according to his family. He was rushed to the hospital in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and all his children flew in from around the country. Family spokesman Bob Gunnell stated that Ali, who had Parkinson’s disease, passed away of septic shock. Even though it’s not clear precisely what transpired with Ali, patients with late-stage Parkinson’s usually find it difficult to swallow. Food and liquid arrival inside the lungs might lead to pneumonia or infection in the chest which eventually causes sepsis, a bloodstream infection.
A funeral is going to take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The city also arrange a memorial service on Saturday.
Ali’s daughters detailed their father’s last minutes in an Instagram post, stating that his heart wouldn’t stop beating for about 30 minutes even after all of his other organs failed. Hana Ali informed that the family was harboring her father, hugging him and kissing him, and holding his hands while humming an Islamic prayer, as his heart kept thumping when his other organs gave out.
“No one had even seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!” she wrote.
With a humor as sharp as his blows he used to “whup” opponents, Ali conquered the boxing world for two decades before time and Parkinson’s disease, prompted by thousands of blows to the head, emaciated his bravura body, silenced his majestic voice with witty and undefeatable quotes and eventually ended his career in 1981.
Muhammad Ali won and defended his heavyweight championship in epic matches in outlandish locations. He spoke loudly in favor of blacks, and legendarily refused to be enrolled into the Army during the Vietnam War due to his Islamic beliefs.
Despite his devastating illness, he voyaged the world to ecstatic receptions even after his once-roaring voice was muted and he was left to interconnect with a twinkle or a weak smile.
“He was the ultimate fighter of all time but his boxing career was always secondary to his contribution to the world,” promoter Bob Arum informed. “He’s the most transforming personality of my time certainly.”