Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died on Friday, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. The former boxer died in a Phoenix-area hospital where he spent the past two days,
who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome, was hospitalized for a respiratory
issue on Thursday. His last public appearance was in April at the
"Celebrity Fight Night" gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad
Ali Parkinson Center. At the height of his career, Ali was known for his
dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float like a
butterfly and sting like a bee.
He held the heavyweight title a record three times, and Sports Illustrated named him the top sportsman of the 20th century.
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