There’s sad news to report today as it’s been confirmed that iconic boxer Muhammad Ali has passed away aged 74.
ITV News reports that his devastated family issued a statement about his death in which they revealed he died in a hospital in Phoenix where he was being treated for a respiratory condition.
Radar Online meanwhile report that when Ali was rushed to hospital on Thursday, his former wife Veronica Porche said, “My daughters have both flown there and I will be hearing from them when they arrive at the hospital.”
She added, “I can’t comment more than that but I will say it’s not [looking] so great. I’ll just say that much.
“He’s a real hero. It’s a sad situation.”
Overnight, NBC News confirmed Ali – who had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for over 30-years – had died, stating, “A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.”
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, boxing fans will know that Ali was considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, however, it could be that the injuries he sustained during his illustrious career brought on, or exacerbated, his Parkinson’s disease.
When news of his death first broke in the early hours of this morning, celebs flocked to Twitter to pay tribute to Ali.
Singer Lionel Richie tweeted, “You will always be my hero … #MuhammadAli,” and added this beautiful picture…
Lord Alan Sugar wrote, “Muhammad Ali he was the greatest, not just a great boxer but he fought for racial equality. Sad Loss to the world R.I.P.”
But of course, it’s not only celebrities who’ve paid tribute to Ali, and among thousands of messages online from his fans around the world are a number of moving tributes to him.
One fan wrote, “Muhammad Ali Words cannot express how shattered I am that one of my greatest heroes has left us RIP.”
What a truly sad loss and what a great man.