Boxing’s greatest gift to mankind, Muhammad Ali born Cassius Clay is said to be ill and currently on life support at an intensive care unit in a Phoenix hospital in the US.
The former Heavyweight World champion’s situation is one of a grave one which has seen his children rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating him told them they fear he “is near the end”.
The 74-year-old has a breathing problem and his survival was “uncertain” which triggered discussions of transporting him to another area of the hospital by the children but doctors decided the move “potentially could be deadly,” and the transfer was called off.
Sources close to the star say Ali’s battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson's disease that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s.
The source claimed: “Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward ... Doctors are working to regulate his breathing but it is being hampered by his Parkinson’s.
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Muhammad Ali has suffered Parkinson for three decades and seen trembling while lighting the Olympic torch in Atlanta in 1996.
His friends and family fear the worst but the legend fight on and the source told Daily Mail: “But even now he has no fear. He says, ‘I’ll stay here as long as God wants me to. When my time comes I’ll have no regrets. I have achieved a lot.’”
That is the kind of courage the legend fearlessly faced dangerous opposition and triumphed.