Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at 74 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Family spokesperson Bob Gunnell confirmed his death in a statement released on Saturday following reports by a source saying the boxing legend was close to death earlier today.

Ali, 74, one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, was hospitalised this week for a respiratory ailment.

Asked about Ali’s condition, the source said: ‘It’s extraordinarily grave. It’s a matter of hours.’

Ali has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years.

At the height of his career, Ali was known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Nicknamed The Greatest, he retired from boxing in 1981 with a 56-5 record. Ali’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s came about three years after he retired.

Ali, born in Louisville, Kentucky, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, changed his name in 1964 after his conversion to Islam.

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.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at 74 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Family spokesperson Bob Gunnell confirmed his death in a statement released on Saturday following reports by a source saying the boxing legend was close to death earlier today. Ali, 74, one of the world's most celebrated...