The Greatest of All Time passes away at 74

RIP Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world, who declared himself “the greatest” and proved it with his fists, the force of his personality and his magnetic charisma, and who transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement of the 1960s and a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died June 3 at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was living. He was 74.

His family released a statement confirming his death. The boxer had been hospitalized with respiratory problems related to Parkinson’s disease, which had been diagnosed in the 1980s.

He was a truly great boxer, lightning fast hands, knockout power, and tremendous stamina. He was also a complex person, some idolized him, some despised him, and likely both camps had their reasons.

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