One of the greatest and most influential boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, passed away at age 74 just last night. He was being treated at a Phoenix-area hospital for respiratory complications, which he’s had multiple times in the past. Ali was well known for suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome, and it is likely this disease contributed to his poor respiratory health.
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.
Parkinson’s syndrome is an increasingly debilitating neurological disorder that causes speech impediments and motor decline. It has been speculated that Ali’s case was caused by his long career as a professional boxer.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, renounced his original name as it was a “slave name” and changed it to his current name after converting to Islam. At 6’3, Ali was perhaps one of the fastest heavyweights of all time. He boxed in what was regarded as the golden era of boxing, and faced talents such as the hard hitting Sonny Liston and George Foreman. He is now gone, but will never be forgotten.