Muhammad Ali has passed away aged 74 after being admitted to hospital earlier this week.
The internationally renowned boxer passed away surrounded by family and friends at Phoenix hospital.
Earlier today, reports surfaced that the 74-year-old had been put on life support after being hospitalised with an ongoing respitory illness.
Ali also suffered Parkinson’s Disease for an extended portion of his life, which further emphasised his condition.
His long-lasting legacy shone after news of his passing broke… Within an hour over 410k tweets had been posted in his memory.
Earlier this week, a spokesman for Ali sent out a release earlier on Thursday saying the former heavyweight champion is being treated at an unidentified hospital for a respiratory issue.
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Spokesman Bob Gunnell said that the 74-year-old was in fair condition, and that a brief hospital stay was expected.
Ali has been in hospital several times in recent years, most recently in early 2015 when he was treated for a severe urinary tract infection initially diagnosed as pneumonia.
Ali has looked increasingly frail in public appearances in recent years, including on April 9 when he wore sunglasses and was hunched over at the annual Celebrity Fight Night dinner in Phoenix, which raises funds for treatment of Parkinson’s.
His last formal public appearance before that was in October when he appeared at the Sports Illustrated Tribute to Muhammad Ali at The Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, along with former opponents George Foreman and Larry Holmes.
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Ali has suffered from Parkinson’s for three decades, most famously trembling badly while lighting the Olympic torch in 1996 in Atlanta.
Despite the disease he kept up a busy appearance schedule until recently, though he has not communicated verbally in public for years.