Boxing Legend, Mohammed Ali dies at 74
Boxing’s all time greatest Muhammad Ali is dead. Ali died
Friday evening at a Phoenix hospital, according to a press release from family spokesperson Bob Gunnell. He was 74 years old. The release did not specify the cause of death.
Ali was rushed to the hospital and hospitalized yesterday with a
respiratory issue, and his family
released a short statement earlier this afternoon , acknowledging the
hospitalization and stating that his
condition at the time was “fair.”
Born Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, Ali was the first man to win the heavyweight world championship three times. He was banned for three years in the late 1960s for refusing to enter the armed forces , but he returned to the sport and won the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla
in Manila. Widely regarded as the
greatest boxers of all time, Ali ended up as famous for his anti-war speeches and anti-establishment politics as as for his boxing achievements.