PHOENIX: Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family. He was 74.
Ali, one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, was hospitalised this week for a respiratory ailment.
Ali suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades and kept a low profile in recent years.
The Radar Online website reported on Friday that Ali had been placed on life support, citing “an insider".
Ali's last public appearance was in April at the “Celebrity Fight Night” gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.