Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) was an American boxer, born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942. He won the heavyweight world championship three times. He died in Phoenix on July 4, 2016.

19 Aug, 2016
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Auction announcement

Sale/Purchase

Heritage Auctions says Ali’s WBC heavyweight championship boxing belt, the trunks Ali wore for his “Rumble in the Jungle” victory over George Foreman in Zaire, the gloves worn by Liston when he lost his title to Ali, and a handwritten letter about his conversion to Islam are among 79 items that will be auctioned in September, in the biggest such sale since Ali’s death. Heritage says most of the items came from collectors, with nothing coming from Ali’s family. Heritage:

With the recent passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received telephone calls from collectors all over the world seeking important pieces from his life and career.

10 Jun, 2016
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Funeral

Funeral

Ali's WidowAli’s funeral is held in Louisville, Kentucky. Muslim, Christian, Jewish and other speakers speak of his fight for civil rights, while a message from President Barack Obama praises his originality. His wife Lonnie:

If Muhammad didn’t like the rules, he rewrote them. His religion, his beliefs, his name were his to fashion, no matter what the cost. Muhammad wants young people of every background to see his life as proof that adversity can make you stronger. It cannot rob you of the power to dream, and to reach your dreams.

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Muhammad Ali dies age 74

Death

Ali dies in Phoenix, AZ, of respiratory failure, age 74. His daughter Hana Ali, said the family was surrounding her father, hugging and kissing him, holding his hands and chanting an Islamic prayer, while his heart kept beating as his other organs gave out.

No one had even seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!

1 Jan, 1970
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O Magazine interview

Interview

Ali talks about being arguably the most famous person on Earth:

It’s surprising, but I never realized why I was so famous. The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world—Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon—there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.

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