Muhammad Ali Passes Away

Earlier we had reported that boxing icon Muhammad Ali had been hospitalized for respiratory issues in the Pheonix, Arizona area.

In a sad update, we have learned that Mr. Ali has passed away.

"After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening," family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said in a statement. The statement also reads, "Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, KY. The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support and asks for privacy at this time."

Ali had been hospitalized this week for respiratory issues. The Paradise Valley Police Department told ABC News that an emergency medical services call was made from Ali’s address in the Phoenix area on Tuesday, and the Phoenix Fire Department confirmed it responded to a call for mutual aid for a 74-year-old male with respiratory issues at that time.

"His contribution to this country and the world will be remembered for generations to come," Bob Arum, who promoted a multitude of Ali fights, told ESPN’s Michele Steele. "He meant so much to so many around the world — he had such a transformative effect on American society and such an impact on the world because of his spirit — he will remembered as one of the iconic people of the time."

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