Laila Ali bid a tearful goodbye to her beloved father, Muhammad Ali, when she broke her social media silence on Sunday, June 5. After the greatest boxer of all time passed away on June 3, his daughter paid tribute to him in the sweetest way. See it here.
With the death of Muhammad Ali, 74, the sports world has lost the Greatest of All Time. Yet, for Laila Ali, 38, she lost her father. When paying tribute to him after his death, Laila posted a sweet and touching photo. See it here.
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Following the sad death of Muhammad Ali on June 3, Laila, 38, shared a photo of her late dad with her son, Curtis, from a Louis Vuitton ad on Facebook. Alongside, she simply wrote, “My son and my father.”
As soon as Muhammad was hospitalized with respiratory issues on June 2, “her father’s well-being” became her “number one priority,” Laila’s rep told Entertainment Tonight. “She truly appreciates the outpouring of love for her family, as she spends quality time with her dad.” The iconic boxer and world famous trash talker suffered from Parkinson’s disease, which contributed to his failing health. Though he was initially reported to be “in fair condition,” things turned for the worst.
Laila’s father was reportedly fighting for his life, as doctors reportedly told his family on June 3 that “it [wouldn’t] be long until he passes away.” Muhammad was reportedly “barely breathing and on life support.” While the man known for knocking out heavyweight George Foreman, 67, during The Rumble In The Jungle fought for his life, this was one battle he would sadly lose.
Laila herself is an accomplished boxer. His second daughter with his third wife, Veronica Porshe, 60, Laila started boxing in 1999, according to Heavy.com. She went on to have a 24-0 boxing career, ending 21 of those fights with a knockout. When she retired in 2007, Laila had won the WBC Super Middleweight World Title, the WIBA World Super Middleweight Title, the IWBF Female Light Heavyweight Title, the IWBF Female Super Middleweight Title and the IBA Female Super Middleweight Title.
While her dad was dying in the hospital, Laila posted a picture on Facebook of herself posing with Muhammad, according to the Mirror. Though Laila’s heart is broken over the loss of her daddy, at least she knows that he was very proud of his baby girl.
Our thoughts are with Laila and the rest of Muhammad’s family and friends during this time of loss.