According to a statement released by his family, boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, has said.
Ali had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease, for 30 years which robbed him of his speech and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Born Cassius Clay on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to middle-class parents. Ali started boxing when he was 12, winning Golden Gloves titles before heading to the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight.
Ali was considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. He fought his way to 56 wins during his career, with 37 knockouts.