A family spokesman has confirmed the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, aged 74.
The former heavyweight champion of the world and one of the world’s best sportsman died in a hospital in the city of Phoenix, where he was admitted on Thursday.
[post_ad]He was suffering from a respiratory illness, which was aggravated by Parkinson’s disease.
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
He was dubbed “The Greatest”. The American beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.
He eventually retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights.