Legendary boxer and cultural icon Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.
Ali had been hospitalized since yesterday in the Phoenix, Arizona area with apparent respiratory issues further complicated by Parkinson’s syndrome, which he was diagnosed with in 1984.
Holding the heavyweight championship belt for almost two decades, his most famous bouts took place in the 1960s and 1970s when the sport was at its height and subsequently became a beloved figure in retirement.
His position as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War led him to become a prominent spokesperson for the antiwar movement. He leaves the legacy of not only being considered among the greatest boxers in history, but empowering athletes to use their celebrity for causes they felt important.
He was also the subject of numerous documentaries and films like the legendary “When We Were Kings” and Michael Mann’s “Ali”. Ali is survived by his wife, seven daughters and two sons.