Three-time Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Ali has passed away. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942, he changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali at the age of 22 when he joined the Nation of Islam. He won heavyweight titles in 1964, 1974, and in 1978. In 1967, he was arrested for refusing to be drafted, and was stripped of his boxing title. His conviction was later overturned. He was later named “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated. Ali retired from the ring in 1979.
"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, told NBC News.
Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson's Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest,” was 74.