The world mourned the death of a legend, as reports confirmed Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 on Friday, which ended his decades of battle with Parkinson’s disease. While it is no secret Ali has been dealing with Parkinson’s for over 30 years, most fans are still wondering how did Muhammad Ali die.
What is the Cause of Ali’s Death?
Earlier reports indicated Ali died of respiratory issues before the family’s spokesman, Bob Gunnell, released information about the former world champion’s death. According to Gunnell, the three-time heavyweight world champion died of septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes” on Friday night, Los Angeles Times reported.
Ali was hospitalized at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Arizona due to respiratory issues. The boxing icon’s longtime friend, John Ramsey, said they thought it will just be a short stay in the hospital, but Ali’s health worsened.
“When he came into the hospital, we thought, ‘OK, it will be a brief stay.’ I think it took a turn for the worse,” Ramsey told CNN. “But it was unexpected.”
Ramsey added Ali’s wife, Lonnie, informed him his friend’s health deteriorated and invited him to come to the hospital. According to the report, Ramsey were with Ali’s children during his final moments.
Ali’s daughter, Hanna, revealed on Twitter his father fought until the end. She said Ali’s heart beat for another 30 minutes after his organs failed, adding it is a “true testament to the strength” of his father’s spirit and will.
Muhammad Ali Funeral Date, Venue, Live Stream Information Revealed
Gunnell also told reporters a public memorial will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. ET at the Yum Center in Louisville. The spokesman added former United States President Bill Clinton, veteran sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and comedian Billy Crystal will deliver eulogies. A private gathering is also scheduled on Thursday.
Fans will also have a chance to say goodbye to the legend before the public service, as the family confirmed there will be a large procession in the streets of Louisville, where the boxing legend grew up. The entire service will be available via live stream on Muhammad Ali Center’s official website.