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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)
Criminal charge Draft evasion
Criminal penalty Five years in prison (not served), fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years
Criminal status Conviction overturned
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 born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. Ali changed his name after converting to 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 married four times. He had seven daughters and two sons. One of his sons was adopted by him.

On December 20, 2014, Ali was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia. Ali was once again hospitalized on January 15, 2015 for a urinary tract infection after being found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was released the next day.

On June 3, 2016, Ali died from septic shock due to respiratory problems at a Scottsdale, Arizona hospital, aged 74.

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