Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most significant sporting figures in history. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. (Wikipedia)
Muhammad Ali – one of the world’s greatest boxer and sporting figures – passed away at the age of 74.
He died late on Friday June 3, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was in the hospital since the day before.
His recent respiratory ailments had been compounded with his long suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
The funeral will be in Louisville, Kentucky, his home town. (BBC)
“As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him…who stood up for his beliefs…who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.”
This is as M. Ali would like to be remembered.
VIDEO CLIP In 1974, Muhammad Ali fought champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, then the capital of Zaire, in the now famous Rumble in the Jungle. It was scheduled to be Ali’s last fight.
On the eve of the contest, Ali spoke to the BBC’s then-boxing commentator Harry Carpenter.