“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74,” Gunnell said in an emailed statement. “The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening.”
Ali, a three-time World Heavyweight Boxing champion who is known for his “rope-a-dope” technique and clever rhymes, is arguably the most famous boxer in the world. He won his first world championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in what some called a stunning upset, and he later went on to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing during the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
His success in boxing, which was seen around the world, made him one of the most recognized sports figures on Earth. Unsurprisingly, he was named “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.