Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Muhammad Ali’s brother revealed that the former world heavyweight champion is very sick and could die within days.
According to Rahman Ali, the former heavyweight champion cannot speak and doesn’t recognize him.
“He’s in a bad way. He’s very sick. It could be months, it could be days. I don’t know if he’ll last the summer. He’s in God’s hands. We hope he gently passes away,” Rahman told the Sun.
“He told me before he got really bad that he’s in no pain. He grabbed my arm and whispered ‘Rah, I’ve achieved everything I’ve ever wanted to accomplish. Don’t cry for me,” Rahman said.
Rahman added that it’s best that Ali “goes now. The longer he goes on, so does his suffering and misery.”
The 71-year-old Ali won gold at the 1960 Olympics and became a three-time world heavyweight champion.
He was involved in several famous fights during his career, including 1974′s “Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman and the “Thrilla in Manila” against Joe Frazier the following year.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1984 but remained active for many years. He memorably lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996.
Ali ended his 21-year career with a loss to Jamaican-Canadian fighter Trevor Berbick in 1981. During his professional career, Ali amassed a 56-5 record.