Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, according to a statement released by his family.
Ali was hospitalized in the Phoenix area as family members gathered by his bedside on Friday.
The iconic sports figure was fighting respiratory issues that were complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s, The Associated Press reported. Ali had been hospitalized several times in recent years.
Ali’s family said his funeral would be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. In a statement, Ali’s family thanked the public for the outpouring of support.
Perhaps the most recognized person in the world, Ali will be remembered for iconic victories over Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman. He also claimed the gold medal for light heavyweight in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.
Ali famously thundered, “I am the greatest,” and stated he would, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Considered to be one of the greatest boxers ever, Ali fought his way to 56 wins during his career, 37 by way of knockout. He was the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times.