WASHINGTON, 4th June, 2016 (WAM)–The boxing legend and three-time world heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali Clay, who had battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years, died today at age of 74.

Ali was admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition earlier in the week.

His family’s spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed Ali’s death in Phoenix, Arizona. The funeral will take place in Ali’s home town of Louisville, Kentucky.

A statement from the spokesman said the Ali family “would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support” and asked for privacy.

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