The Legend Muhammad Ali Has Past Away At The Age Of 74
|The Legend Muhammad Ali Has |
Past Away At The Age Of 74
The three-time heavyweight champion of the world was one of the most famous and celebrated athletes the United States has ever produced.
|Muhammad Ali Defeating Sonny Liston|
As Dave Larzelere wrote for Slate in 2008, Ali originally played the part of one of the sport’s greatest villains—intentionally playing off of the racial animosity of 1960s white America—before being recast as one of sport’s greatest heroes.
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," Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told Reports.
In recent years, Ali's health began to suffer dramatically. There was a death scare in 2013, and last year he was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive. He recovered and returned to his new home in Arizona.
In his final years, Ali was barely able to speak. Asked to share his personal philosophy with NPR in 2009, Ali let his wife read his essay:
"I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won," Ali wrote. "I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do."