Athletes, Entertainers, And Admirers Pay Tribute To Boxing Legend Muhammed Ali

Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight boxing champion and 20th century icon, has died, a family spokesperson said. He was 74.

Ali was hospitalized earlier this week in Phoenix for a “respiratory issue. The hospital stay was originally expected to be brief. But late Friday a family spokesperson announced that Ali had died.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away,” family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said. “The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening.”

The announcement came after multiple reports Friday that Ali was in “grave” condition and his family had gathered at his bedside. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ali was on life support.

A spokesperson for Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter, said her “number one priority is her father’s well-being.” The statement said Laila was with her father.

“She truly appreciates the outpouring of love for her family, as she spends quality time with her dad,” Amber Noble Garland, Laila’s spokesperson, said.

Laila also posted a photo to Facebook of her daughter, Syndey, with Ali. In the caption, Laila thanked people for their well wishes. Another of Ali’s daughters Hana also posted several moving photos of her father on her Instagram account.

Fans converge on Muhammad Ali's Walk of Fame star

News of Ali’s hospitalization and death prompted an outpouring of support from fans and admirers who used the hashtag #GOAT, which stands for “greatest of all time.”

After Ali died, Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky — where Ali was born — ordered flags to be lowered to half staff and announced a memorial service.

Ali is survived by his nine children, including daughter Laila, who like her father became a world champion boxer; and his fourth wife, Lonnie.

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