Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’ Dead At 74

Legendary boxer, 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.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74.

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Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

May his soul rest in peace.

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  1. Mohammed Ali was a legend. World champion. boxing federation and all his fans will miss him. He came and left his mark. You must be really good to reach that high in a racially prejudiced ,black suppressive 1960’s US where he rose, after being falsely accused of many ills. Shame on Parkinson’s disease, a robber of your enjoyments. But you are still a legend. A world’s hero. The world’s greatest and the Lord of the Rings! A risk taker who encouraged many to do the same, for in his words, “When a man has no courage to take a great reasonable risk, there isn’t much he will accomplish”. R.I.P.

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