Ali is survived by his wife Yolanda Williams and his 9 children(7 daughters and 2 sons).
The family says his funeral will be held in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, although the spokesman didn’t specify a date. NBC News was the first to report Mr. Ali’s passing.
Ali will be remembered as one of the most recognized figures worldwide thanks to his incredible boxing career. Ali won boxing’s heavyweight title 3 different times, and the firstby KO of Sonny Liston in 1964. When he retired in 1981, Ali had 56 wins, 5 losses and 37 knockouts. He was as famous for his boxing matches; “Rumble in the Jungle,” the “Thrilla in Manila” and many quotes such as, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984 however, that didn’t stop Ali from remaining very active at international events in and out of the sporting world. When Ali lite the Olympic Flame at the 1996 Atlanta games, the images taken are considered some of the most iconic images in Olympic history. Ali, who was born Cassius Clay, changed his name and made the conversion to Islam in 1964. As well, he also famously refused to enter the Vietnam War in 1967 as he was a conscientious objector.
Muhammad Ali was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 and will ALWAYS hold the title of “The Greatest.”
RIP Muhammad Ali, we lost a great man today!