After reports surfaced Friday night that Muhammad Ali was clinging to life at an Arizona hospital, family officials have now confirmed that the legendary boxer has passed away at the age of 74.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 died of complications of a respiratory infection today at the age of 74. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 and over the last year was plagued with hospital visits.
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 56-5 and delivered some of the most memorable fights in history.Ali also won the Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Summer Games in Rome. After retiring from boxing, Ali became a global humanitarian ambassador and even earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush.