Boxing legend Muhammed Ali is pronounced dead at 74 from what spokesman Bob Gunnell had described as a respiratory issue. It was unexpected as he took a turn for the worse after being admitted to the hospital. Ali was one of the all-time greats in boxing, but he was also famous for the good he did around the world before he was forced to settle himself due to his 32 year long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

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The fans

Tributes are pouring in from all over the world from fans, world leaders, sports figures etc. but in his book "The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey," Ali just wanted to be remembered as "a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could.

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As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. and if all that's too much, then I guess I'd settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people, And I wouldn't even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was."

"At a time when blacks who spoke up about injustice were labeled uppity and often arrested under one pretext or another, Muhammad willingly sacrificed the best years of his career to stand tall and fight for what he believed was right," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote on Facebook.

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His Life

Ali had a boxing career that spanned many years, but he will also be remembered as a devout Muslim and a crusader for the families torn apart by Parkinson's Disease. He fought from 1964 to 1981, with a 3 1/2 year break when he refused to fight in Vietnam because he didn't believe in war. He was convicted of draft dodging and was prepared to go to jail rather than betray his beliefs. The Supreme Court later overturned the conviction. 

Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky.

As one of the most recognized athletes of all-time, he made a significant impact both inside and outside the ring. He is the only three time winner of the world heavyweight title to this day. He is survived by 9 children and several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in Louisville.

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