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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Muhammad Ali dies aged 74: Daughter pays tribute

Muhammad Ali dies aged 74: Boxing legend's daughter pays tribute to the 'humble mountain' who has passed away with his family at his side following 32-year battle with Parkinson's

Muhammad Ali dies aged 74: Boxing legend's daughter pays tribute to the 'humble mountain'
Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, who brought poetry to the ring and the world with his words and deeds, has died at the age of 74. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who had battled Parkinson's disease for 32 years, was admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition earlier in the week. Ali (pictured left in 2011, centre fighting Sonny Liston in 1965, and holding daughter Hana, top right), who was also a key figure in America's civil rights movement, had been on life support at a hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona, after he was found 'barely breathing' at his home on Thursday. He was taken to hospital with an 'unshakeable cough', a separate source said, with his fatal respiratory problems likely to have been complicated by his Parkinson's disease. Fans of Ali last night gathered in front of the hospital were he passed away (bottom right)
    Ali's women - and a very fractured family: How boxing legend's train-wreck private life has left his legacy to his loved ones marred by jealousy, bitterness and division
Muhammad Ali's women and a very fractured family
Married four times and a serial adulterer, Muhammad Ali's train-wreck private life could lead to another titanic rumble as his wives and children do battle for his legacy. The legendary boxer was closer to some of his nine children than others, with his fourth wife, Lonnie, essentially barring his only son, Muhammad Jr, from his life. She also had her husband's younger son, Rahman, arrested after he moved into the Clay family home after falling on harder times. His first wife, Sonja, has died, but the other two - Belinda Boyd and Veronica Porsche - are likely to do battle with Lonnie