Muhammad Ali hospitalised with respiratory issue

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue, a spokesman for the former world heavyweight champion has confirmed.

The BBC is reporting that Ali, 74, is being treated by doctors as a precaution and is described as being in a “fair condition”.

However, the Mirror is reporting that Ali is in intensive care embroiled in a fight for his life. It says the children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them they fear he “is near the end”.

Sources close to the star say Ali’s battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, after quitting boxing.

The three-time world champion was last hospitalised in January 2015 following a severe urinary tract infection.

A family spokesman confirmed Ali’s condition to the Associated Press but did not divulge which hospital was treating him or when he was admitted.


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