Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was hospitalised Thursday after a respiratory condition, Mirror writes. His latest hospitalization has been confirmed by spokesman for the Ali family, Bob Gunnell, who said the great man was in “fair condition” and that he would be in hospital for a few days.
“Ali, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in fair condition,” said Gunnell in a written statement.
“A brief hospital stay is expected. At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy.”
The three-time world heavyweight champion had suffered a severe urinary tract infection in January 2014 sparking fears among his supporters, although he was reported to be in fairly good health over the past months.
Ali, 75, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about three years after he retired from boxing in 1981, a situation that has seen his public appearances diminish as he continues to battle the crippling condition.
Two years ago reports surfaced the Olympic gold medalist’s health had deteriorated to the point he was unable to speak, which led him to miss the premiere in Hollywood of the new I Am Ali movie.
People have taken to social media to show their love for the “Greatest of all time”.