Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali passed away at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he was being treated for respiratory complications. Ali was 74. On June 2 the legendary boxer was hospitalised for a respiratory disorder. However, his condition at the time of admission was not worse.Also Read - India's Schedule at Tokyo Paralympics 2020, Day 3, August 27: All You Need to Know
“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,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman was quoted as saying by NBC News. Also Read - From Aditi Ashok, Lovlina Borgohain to India Women's Hockey Team: 5 Inspiring Performances From Indian Athletes at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and was involved in 61 bouts. In his last fight, the three-time heavyweight champ lost to Trevor Berbick. After his retirement, Ali was treated for Parkinson’s disease, which was a result of neurological damage due to boxing. Also Read - India’s Schedule at Tokyo Olympics 2020, Day 15, August 6: All You Need to Know
Ali suffered from Parkinson’s for three decades, most famously trembling badly while lighting the Olympic torch in 1996 in Atlanta. Despite the disease, he kept up a busy appearance schedule until recently, though he has not communicated verbally in public for years. (With Input from Agencies).