Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Could be Dead Within Weeks Says Brother
According to Muhammad Ali's brother, Rahman Ali, the legendary boxer is so ill that he could be dead within days. Rahman Ali says that the former heavyweight champion no longer recognizes him and cannot speak, and fears that his brother may not survive the summer.
Rahman Ali told The Sun:
"He's in a bad way. He's very sick. It could be months, it could be days. I don't know if he'll last the sumer. He's in God's hands."
Ali, 71, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, but remained active for many years and made an appearance at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he lit the flame. At the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony, however, Ali looked quite thin and frail, and had to be helped across the stage by his wife, Lonnie.
Rahman also accuses Lonnie of refusing to let the family visit the ailing former boxer. Rahman, who was also a pro boxer, said the last time that he saw his brother was in July at the Sports for Peace Gala in London and noted that he is only allowed to speak to him over the phone.
Ali's most recent public health scare was in December 2011, when he was taken to the hospital after falling unconscious. He was treated for dehydration after collapsing at his estate in Arizona, just days after making a frail appearance at the funeral of fellow boxing legend Joe Frazier.
Rahman Ali has suffered recurrent strokes following his own boxing career, and says he is distraught over being cut out of his brother's life.
Born Cassius and Rudolph Clay, the brothers grew up together in Louisville, Kentucky.
According to Rahman, Muhammad Ali wants a Martin Luther King quote on his gravestone which reads:
''I tried to love somebody, I did try to feed the hungry.
'I did try, in my life, to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.' The Greatest.'"
Muhammad Ali's wife of 26-years, Lonnie, refuses to comment on Rahman's claims.