Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest of All Time’, Dead at 74

4 Jun

May 6th 1966: Muhammad Ali in training for his title fight against Henry Cooper. copyright PRESS ASSOCIATION

Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday.

He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease.

Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, said his family.

BBC NEWS

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