The Greatest of All Time is no more. The life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali came to an end Friday June 3, 2016 in Arizona. The seventy-four-year-old, three-time world heavyweight champion had been suffering from a respiratory illness; the boxing great had also been in a decade long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Ali had been admitted to an Arizona hospital earlier in the week for respiratory problems. According to family and friend his conditioned worsened and five days later, he succumbed to septic shock. This takes place when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight an existing infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body, according to Mayo Clinic. If the condition continues a person’s blood pressure can drop dramatically which can lead to death. Sepsis kills more than 258,000 Americans each year and leaves thousands of survivors with life-changing after effects.
As to be expected, many family, friends and fans around the world were saddened by this news. Daughter Hana Ali wrote on Twitter “Our hearts are literally hurting. But we are so happy daddy is free now,” “All of us were around him hugging and kissing him and holding his hands, chanting the Islamic prayer,” she recalled. Amazingly all of Ali’s organs failed but his heart wouldn’t stop beating for nearly 30 minutes. A true testament to the strength of his spirit and will!
Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr, Ali had a boxing career that was unlike any other. He began training when he was just 12 years old. His career began in a most interesting way. A Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin came across an angry Ali who had just had his bike stolen. Ali informed the office he was gonna ‘whup’ their ass. Martin told him he had better learn how to box first. After years of training his career began to take off. He defeated the famous Sonny Liston in an upset in 1964 win the heavyweight championship.
Ali is well known for refusing to be inducted into the armed forces in 1966. Ali had passionate beliefs about not fighting in war. As a result, he was denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport for a period of time. He later won an appeal and was soon back to boxing. Ali would go on to regain his title by defeating George Foreman in the famous Rumble in the Jungle.
A man who had such an amazing impact on boxing and the world, the legacy of Muhammad Ali will live on forever.…