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Iconic boxer Muhammad Ali dies at 74

International Business Times logo International Business Times 04-06-2016 Lara Rebello
Muhammed Ali © Ken Regan Muhammed Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday, 3 June, at a hospital in Phoenix where he had been admitted a day before following a respiratory condition. The boxer was moved on to life support after his condition continued to deteriorate rapidly.

The family's spokesperson announced late Friday that the three-time heavyweight boxing champion had finally succumbed to his illness. NBC News had earlier reported that his family had gathered by his hospital bed to say their goodbyes after doctors said the civil rights activist was in "grave condition".

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LONG ISLAND, NY - MAY 17: Cassius Clay, 20 year old heavyweight contender from Louisville, Kentucky poses for the camera on May 17, 1962, in Long Island, New York. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images) Muhammad Ali: Life in pictures

Ali had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for a number of years and his respiratory problems were offset by the illness.

Amber Noble Garland, the spokesperson for Laila Ali, his daughter, said, "She truly appreciates the outpouring of love for her family."

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