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Muhammad Ali could be dead in days, says brother

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Muhammad Ali apparently may have just days to live, according to a statement from his brother Rahman Ali.

The 71-year-old heavyweight boxing champion has been battling Parkinson's syndrome since 1984.

Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie get ready to take the flag.

© Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images



In an interview with The Sun, Rahman candidly revealed the details of his older brother's decline, saying: "My brother can't speak - he doesn't recognise me. 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 summer. He's in God's hands. We hope he gently passes away."

Rahman, 69, says that he has made peace with his brother's illness. He added: "He told me before he got really bad that he's in no pain. He grabbed my arm and whispered, 'Rah, I've achieved everything I've ever wanted to accomplish. Don't cry for me, I'm in no pain'.

"It's best he goes now. The longer he goes on, so does his suffering and misery."

The boxing icon served as the bearer of the Olympic flag at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London last year with wife Lonnie Ali, who helped him stand during the ceremony due to his deteriorating condition.

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