Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest athlete of all-time dead at 74

Ali, perhaps the greatest professional athlete of all-time, has died at 74 years-of-age. An Ali family-spokesman confirmed his passing Friday night to NBC News. Prior to his death, Ali had been hospitalized for several days in a Phoenix Arizona hospital due to respiratory issues.

The incomparable Ali, who was revered as much for his championing of civil-rights causes as his in-ring daring, burst onto the world scene following the 1960 Summer Olympics. It was during these Olympic Games the brash Ali captured Gold as a boxer for the United States.

Four years later, Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) “shocked the world” by defeating dreaded heavy-hitting favorite Sonny Liston for the first of his three Heavyweight World Championships.

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