Muhammad Ali Dies: Mario Lopez, Oscar de la Hoya & More Mourn "The Greatest"

Muhammad Ali Dies: Mario Lopez & The Greatest

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Muhammad "The Greatest" Ali has died at the age of 74. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

According to NBC News, he had spent several days in a Phoenix hospital being treated for respiratory complications and was later placed on life support, before passing away on Friday night. His death was confirmed by a family spokesperson. The boxing legend had battled Parkinson's disease for three decades, which reportedly was a result of blows to the head in the ring. The disease caused Ali's health to decline, progressively robbing him of normal speech and physical abilities.

Ali was regarded as one of the most significant heavyweight fighters in history of boxing, but he was also a great fighter in other ways. He was known for speaking out about racism, war and religious intolerance.

The Greatest of All Time's funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Following his death, fellow former boxing champ Oscar de la Hoya, released a statement. "It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the Greatest of All Time — Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during this difficult time," he said.

"Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world's most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world."

De La Hoya continued: "Ali's talent was undeniable — he was an Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, and the only one to accomplish that to this day, and reached the pinnacle of our sport as the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1964. Beyond his incredible talent, he also made boxing interesting. Ali was fearless in the ring, and took on the toughest, most challenging opponents. Ali exemplified courage — he never took the easy route, something to be admired in and outside of the ring.

As he grew older, he didn't let his physical condition become an excuse to stop working; he continued to work hard, focusing on giving back to the community. Today, as we reflect on his life, let us remember a man who pursued greatness in everything he did and be inspired to hold ourselves to that same standard. Rest in peace, my friend."

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