Boxing icon Muhammad Ali mourned by sports world

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Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion and one of sport’s most influential individuals, has died aged 74. Ali, who earned the nickname ‘The Greatest’, had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease since 1984.

Muhammad Ali remained hospitalized Friday in the Phoenix area, battling respiratory problems serious enough to draw family members to his bedside. Several of Ali’s daughters reportedly flew to Phoenix late Thursday and early Friday to be with their father.

Ali’s daughter Laila, herself a former boxer, posted an old photo to Facebook on Friday of her father holding her daughter, Sydney.

“Thank for all the love and well wishes,” Laila Ali wrote. “I feel your love and appreciate it!!”

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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury paid tribute to the “greatest of all time”.

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Mike Tyson was among the first of a host of famous names and friends of Ali to pay tribute to him

Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted his tribute to the boxer.

 

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