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Bollywood mourns the death of Boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: June 4, 2016 | Updated on: June 4, 2016

He passed away in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he had been admitted earlier this week suffering from respiratory problems.

With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time.

With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time.

He was fast of fist and foot -- lip, too -- a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest.

Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children gathered around him.

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With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's Syndrome, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981. He won and defended the heavyweight championship in epic fights in exotic locations, spoke loudly on behalf of blacks, and famously refused to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs.

Despite his debilitating illness, he traveled the world to rapturous receptions even after his once-bellowing voice was quieted and he was left to communicate with a wink or a weak smile.

Bollywood celebrities too took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the legend.

 

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