A family spokesman says Muhammad Ali died of septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes.”
Spokesman Bob Gunnell says Ali, who had Parkinson’s disease, died Friday at 9:10 p.m. in Arizona, spending the last hour of his life surrounded by his family. He was initially hospitalized in the Phoenix area on Monday.
His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., his hometown.
Famous Ali quotes
Muhammad Ali taunted opponents with razor-sharp rhymes, comical one-liners and the type of boxing braggadocio that both endeared him to and angered the masses.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Rumble, young man, rumble.” — 1964, before his fight with Sonny Liston
“I’m king of the world! I’m pretty! I’m a bad man! I shook up the world! I shook up the world! I shook up the world!” — Feb. 25, 1964, Ali after defeating Liston
“It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.” — Undated
“I’ve done my celebrating already. I said a prayer to Allah.” — June 28, 1971, on being told his conviction for draft evasion was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court
“I told you all, all of my critics, that I was the greatest of all time. … Never make me the underdog until I’m about 50 years old.” — Oct. 1, 1974, after knocking out George Foreman to become heavyweight champion for the second time, in Kinshasa, Zaire
“I saw your wife. You’re not as dumb as you look.” — To President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines a few days before he beat Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila on Oct. 1, 1975
“My gloves are going to jail! They ain’t done nothin’ — yet.” — on being told the commission member in charge of the gloves would keep them in a prison until his fight against Joe Bugner on July 1, 1975, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“What I suffered physically was worth what I’ve accomplished in life. A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life.” — at a news conference Oct. 28, 1984, in Houston
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Gunnell says Ali was a citizen of the world and he wanted people of all walks of life to be able to attend. The funeral will be translated and streamed on the internet.
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Eulogies will be given by former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel.
One of Muhammad Ali’s daughters is describing her father’s last moments, saying his heart wouldn’t stop beating for 30 minutes after all of his other organs failed.
Hana Ali writes on Instagram that “no one had even seen anything like it.”