So sad! Muhammad Ali has tragically passed away, losing his life 4 days after being hospitalized with a respiratory infection. Keep reading for more information on what caused his heartbreaking passing.
The Greatest is now gone. Muhammad Ali died on June 3 after being hospitalized on May 30 due to a respiratory infection. The 74-year-old had been struggling with advanced Parkinson’s disease in recent years, but what ultimately caused his death? Find out now.
Muhammad died of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes, the family’s spokesperson, Bob Gunnell, revealed in a press conference on June 4. He passed at 9:10 p.m. ET.
The gold medal winning Olympic boxer was admitted to the hospital June 2 for difficulty breathing. The former World Heavyweight champ was initially believed to be okay until reports surfaced the next day that he was “barely breathing” and in grave condition while on life support. His family had gathered around him, tragically fearing the worst.
Muhammad had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 1984, a syndrome that can be caused by repeated blows to the head from something such as boxing. The chronic and progressive movement disorder limited his ability to walk and speak and was attributed to several previous hospitalizations over the years. On December 20, 2014, the former boxing great was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia, and less than a month later he was back in the hospital battling a urinary tract infection after being found unconscious at his Scottsdale, AZ home.
Family and friends rallied around the struggling fighter during his hospitalization, with his daughter Laila Ali thanking fans for the, ‘outpouring of love’ and fellow champ Sugar Ray Leonard adding his voice to the many celebrities who are praying for Ali’s well-being.
Our thoughts go out to Muhammad’s family, friends and many fans.