Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies
# 04 June 2016 08:11 (UTC +04:00)

The former world heavyweight boxing champion, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, died at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted on Thursday.

 

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

 

The funeral will take place in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.

 

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali upon converting to Islam at 22. He won Olympic light-heavyweight gold in 1960, turned professional that year and was world heavyweight champion from 1964 to 1967, 1974 to 1978 and 1978 to 1979, had 61 professional bouts, winning 56 (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), and losing five (4 decisions, 1 retirement).

 

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