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Remembering Muhammad Ali, 1942 – 2016
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Remembering Muhammad Ali, 1942 – 2016
Saturday June 4th, 2016

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Muhammad Ali’s daughter Hana shared a remarkable story of her father’s final moments in a Twitter post published on Saturday.

Ali died at age 74 late Friday night, surrounded by his family in Arizona. A family spokesman told the Associated Press on Saturday that Ali died of septic shock, “due to unspecified natural causes.”

He is widely considered one of the greatest boxers ever and one of the most influential athletes of all time.

Hana Ali, one of Ali’s nine children, shared an anecdote from the scene at her father’s bedside as he died.

“We all tried to stay strong and whispered in his ear, ‘You can go now. We will be okay. We love 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 beating. No one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!”

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Ali is survived by his wife Lonnie and his children.

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