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Muhammad Ali
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Ali in 1967
Born
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.

(1942-01-17)January 17, 1942
Died June 3, 2016(2016-06-03) (aged 74)
Resting place Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Monuments
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Muhammad Ali Mural, Los Angeles
Education Central High School (1958)
Spouse(s)
  • Sonji Roi
    (m. 1964; div. 1966)
  • Belinda Boyd
    (m. 1967; div. 1977)
  • Veronica Porché Ali
    (m. 1977; div. 1986)
  • Yolanda Williams
    (m. 1986)
Children 9, including Laila Ali
Parent(s)
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
  • Odessa Grady Clay
Relatives Rahman Ali (brother)

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American boxer. He became one of the most famous boxers in the world with his "rope-a-dope" technique. He was also well known for his clever rhymes. In 1999, Ali was named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine. He won the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship three times. Ali also won an Olympic gold medal for boxing during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. Ali was also known as “The Greatest”.

Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. Ali changed his name after converting to Nation of Islam in 1965. Because of his Islamic beliefs, Ali would not fight in the Vietnam War when the army tried drafting him. This made him an international figure around the world. Ali retired from boxing in 1981. In the early 1980s, it was found out that Ali had Parkinson's syndrome. He became well known for his social work and charity.

Muhammad Ali converted to Islam and became Muslim during the 1960s.

Muhammad Ali was married four times. He had seven daughters and two sons. One of his sons was adopted by him.

Ali retired from boxing in 1981.

Outside the ring, Ali is one of the most famous people to have ever lived. During his career and even many years after he retired, he was referred to as the most famous person on the planet. Ali was known to be a very generous and humorous person who loved being the centre of attention. He never rejected an autograph, partially due to how he remembered how he'd felt as a youth when he was denied an autograph from his idol, Sugar Ray Robinson. His best success outside the ring came as a philanthropist and activist as he always wanted to use his popularity to help people.

In 1984, he made public his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, which most reports attribute to boxing-related injuries, though he and some specialist doctors disputed this. He remained an active public figure globally, but in his later years made limited public appearances as his condition worsened, and he was cared for by his family.

On June 3, 2016, Ali died at a Scottsdale, Arizona hospital, aged 74.

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