LOS ANGELES: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, often regarded as the inspiration for youth has passed away on Friday after fighting against Parkinson’s disease for 32 long years. “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74,” said Bob Gunnell, Ali’s spokesperson.
Ali, who was well know for his reputed heavyweight boxing career was hospitalized this week with the symptoms of respiratory ailment in the Phoenix of Arizona area.
Concern over the three-time heavyweight Champion’s health had grown throughout the day as reports said that the respiratory trouble was much complicated by the Parkinson’s disease.
Prior to this, Ali has been hospitalized for multiple times in the recent past. He had spent quite a lot of time in hospitals when he suffered with Pneumonia in 2014 and urinary tract infection in 2015. His Parkinson’s disease, believed to be acquired as a result of thousands of punches he received during his fearless career was the reason for his limited public appearance for years.
In spite of the deteriorating health condition, he continued to offer his suggestions and opinions to young players through his family members and spokespeople. He also attended a Celebrity Fight Night Dinner, last April, to raise funds for treatment of Parkinson’s.
In December, Muhammad Ali had also criticized the Presidential candidate of the US Mr Trump for his call on banning the entry of Muslims into the United States.
“He transformed this country and impacted this world with his spirit. His determination is what one need to achieve great success in life. His legacy will be part of our history for all time”, said Bob Arum, boxing promoter.