Muhammad Ali died from septic shock
Muhammad Ali died from septic shock.
The boxing legend – who died on Friday (06.03.16) at the age of 74 – was initially brought into hospital for breathing problems but sadly passed away after bidding farewell to his wife and children at his bedside.
During a news conference organised by his family’s spokesperson, it was also revealed that Ali’s funeral will be held on Friday (06.10.16).
The sportsman – who suffered a long battle with Parkinson’s disease – will be remembered at a public service at the KFC Yum! Centre in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday (06.10.16) starting at 2pm.
A family spokesperson has confirmed that the service – which starts at two in the afternoon – will feature eulogies from former president Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel.
Meanwhile, to remember the late star, fans have been sharing a poignant excerpt from his 2004 memoir ‘The Soul of a Butterfly’, where he talks about how he’d like to be remembered.
In the passage, he shared: "I would like 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. 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."