January 17th, 1942 – June 3rd, 2016, 74 years old
The American professional boxer Muhammad Ali, one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century, died on June 3rd 2016 after more than three decades battling Parkinson's disease.
President Reagan "punching" Muhammad Ali in the oval office. Photo Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library
Muhammad Ali defeated every top heavyweight in his era, was regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time by boxing commentators and historians. After retiring from boxing in 1981, Ali devoted his life to religious and charitable work. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome, which his doctors attributed to boxing-related brain injuries. As the condition worsened, Muhammad Ali made limited public appearances and was cared for in Scottsdale, Arizona by his family until his death.