Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies Aged 74
The boxing legend and activist has sadly passed away after fighting to stay alive on life support...
The undisputed boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died aged 74, after being admitted to hospital with "respiratory issues" on Friday night.
Two sources familiar with his condition told the Associated Press that Ali's problems looked more serious than his previous hospital stays.
They told the news agency Ali's health issue had been complicated by the Parkinson's he was diagnosed with in 1984.
The sad news comes after family spokesman Bob Gunnell said on Thursday the three-time former heavyweight champion was in a fair condition and that "a brief hospital stay" was expected.
Nicknamed The Greatest, Ali retired from boxing in 1981 with a 56-5 record, and has gone onto become one of the most iconic figures in history.
The Olympic gold medallist was born in Louisville, Kentucky, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, and changed his name in 1964 when he converted to Islam.
Ali is survived by his fourth wife, Lonnie, whom he married in 1986, and seven children Laila Ali, Rasheda Ali, Hana Ali, Asaad Amin, Maryum Ali, Jamillah Ali, Khaliah Ali, Muhammad Ali Jr. and Miya Ali.
His daughter Laila posted a touching tribute about her father to Facebook on Friday night as the ex-champ fought for his life in hospital.
Meanwhile, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard tweeted: "Prayers & blessings to my idol, my friend & without question, the Greatest of All Time @MuhammadAli!"
Kentucky-born sportsman, Ali, was discharged from hospital in January last year after he was briefly treated for a severe urinary tract infection which was initially diagnosed as pneumonia.
He has looked increasingly frail in public in recent years and his last appearance was on 9 April at the annual Celebrity Fight Night dinner in Phoenix, which raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre.
Despite the disease, Ali has kept up a busy appearance schedule until recently, although he has not spoken publicly for years.
Doctors have said the Parkinson's was likely to have been caused by the thousands of punches Ali took during his career.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred station:
Now playing: The best feel good music
The Big Sick looks like it is on its way to becoming a big success, crossing real-life drama with light-hearted comedy.
Justin Bieber has apologised to fans after cancelling the rest of his world tour "due to unforeseen circumstances".
The celebrities have been voted for their best ASSets and there are some surprising entries this year.
This is one change we heartily approve of...
The lovebirds remind us of the couple from the classic James Corden sit-com.
And it could be YOU!
After seven long weeks of "grafting", one of the country's most talked about shows has come to an end.
James Bond is set to return to the big screen for the 25th time in November 2019, and reports suggest Daniel Craig may reprise the role.
She's such a fan of this TV show the palace staff even tape it for her!
It's claimed the former 'Great British Bake Off' duo have something tucked up their sleeve in the form of a sitcom!
The next James Bond movie will hit screens in November 2019.
Ian Rankin says competing with "almost unbelievable" real-life political twists and turns at the moment is a new challenge for writers of fiction.
Linkin Park have said their "hearts are broken" following the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington.
Summer in the villa comes to an end tonight but the cast members will be reuniting later this week.
Our favourite presenting duo are reviving an old classic.
The Great British Bake Off will be sponsored for the first time as it moves from the BBC to Channel 4, but the identity of the companies concerned suggests the show's popularity with the public may
The co-stars have a love hate relationship on Good Morning Britain but Susanna Reid just couldn't hold her tongue after Piers' latest comment.
And she was joined by royalty!
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has made a "movie" co-starring Apple's voice assistant Siri.
Steven Spielberg has warned that a future ruled by virtual reality is coming "whether we like it or not".
Actor John Heard, who played the father in the Home Alone films, has died at the age of 72.
The owner of Britain's Got Talent dog Pudsey has said putting him down was the "hardest decision" of her life.
Linkin Park have cancelled their North American tour following the suicide of frontman Chester Bennington.
Despite his musical success, worldwide fame and millionaire status Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China.
So grab your favourite ice cream, get a blanket and let the healing process begin.
The middle-aged men shock Simon Cowell and the judges with their saucy routine on America's Got Talent.
She took the mirror selfie before the reverse camera was even a thing! Say what?!
Your X Factor winner Matt is back and featuring on the Spanish-themed track 'Subeme La Radio'.
You know nothing, Jon Snow.
The actor and his wife have welcomed a baby boy. They are now a bonny family of four.