This year can easily qualify as ‘the year the world lost its legends’ – first it was music icon and genius, Prince who died few months ago from what medical report recently declared as drug overdose – now it is boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, popularly known as the “Greatest of All Time”. 

Muhammad Ali died Friday night aged 74.

Ali who battled Parkinson’s disease, a condition he suffered as a result of his prolonged boxing career, for more than 30 years, had in recent years been hospitalized multiple times.

On June 2, his family said the boxing legend was in the hospital receiving treatment for a respiratory illness and was on life support.

However, late Friday, the family spokesperson, Bob Gunnell released a statement announcing his death.

The statement read: “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.

“Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, KY. The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Tributes have already started pouring in, in honour of the legend who not only changed the face of sports in the world but till his dying days continued to be a force of good and change in the world.

Athletics magazine, Sports Illustrated, shared a tweet early this morning; “Without a doubt, Muhammad Ali was the Greatest Of All Time”, while Sports Unleashed tweeted; “He floated. He stung. He made history. Pray for his family”.

The first part of Sports Unleashed tweet is in reference to Ali’s infamous quote, “I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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