Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passes away at 74

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passes away at 74

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-06-04 12:07 Melbourne: Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 after losing his long-standing battle against Parkinson's disease. The former three-time world heavyweight champion, who was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, the United States with a respiratory problem, breathed his last surrounded by his family and friends. According to news.com.au, Ali's family spokesperson Bob Gunnell has confirmed the news while asking for privacy at this time. Ali, who is also known for his civil rights activism, had been hospitalised multiple times in recent years, including spending time in hospital in 2014 after suffering a mild pneumonia before being admitted again for a urinary tract infection last year. The iconic figure, who also won an Olympic gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the 1980s. Ali took retirement from his illustrious career after a defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981. The funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. (ANI)