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Death of "The Greatest" - Muhammad Ali passes at the age of 74

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Death of "The Greatest" - Muhammad Ali passes at the age of 74

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Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion died in hospital in Phoenix in the US state of Arizona. He was admitted on Thursday.

He had a respiratory illness, a condition complicated by Parkinson’s disease.

A family statement says Ali’s funeral will take place in his home town of Louisville in Kentucky.

Muhammad Ali

  • Born Cassius Marcellus Clay
  • 1960 – Won light heavyweight gold at the Rome Olympics
  • 1964 – beat Sonny Liston to win his first world title
  • 1964 – 1967 World Heavyweight Champion
  • 1974 – 1978 World Heavyweight Champion
  • 1978 – 1979 World Heavyweight Champion
  • 1981 – retired, having won 56 of his 61 fights

Civil rights

Ali converted to Islam early in his career.

Muhammad Ali in quotes

Muhammad Ali was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk.

“As a man who never sold out his people. But if that is too much, then just a good boxer. I won’t even mind if you don’t mention how pretty I was.” – Ali on how he would like to be remembered.

“I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” – Ali describes his fighting style.

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