Muhammad Ali, who changed his name from Cassius Clay after converting to Islam in the 60s, died at the age of 74, after suffering from a respiratory illness. He passed away surrounded by his family in a Phoenix-area hospital.
His daughter, Hana Ali, shared touching tributes on social media and revealed how her father fought until the very end.
— Hana Ali (@Hanayali) June 4, 2016
Which reads: “Our hearts are literally hurting. But We are so happy daddy is free now. We all tried to stay strong and whispered in his ear, ‘You can go now. We will be okay. We love. Thank you. You can go back to God now.’
“All of us were around him hugging and kissing him and holding his hands, chanting the Islamic prayer.
“All of his organs failed but his HEART wouldn’t stop beating. For 30 minutes…his heart just keep (sic) beating.
“No one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!
“Thank you for all for your love and support!!!”
What a legend. Even in his final moments,stripped of everything, he showed his exceptional will power and tenacity with an almost supernatural act. #RIPChamp.