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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Respiratory Problems

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was hospitalized June 2 in Phoenix, Arizona, with respiratory problems.

Sources said he was on life support June 3 and hardly breathing, according to the Daily Telegraph.

But family spokesman Bob Gunnell earlier told the media a short hospital stay was expected. He said every time Ali is taken to the hospital it results in a “media frenzy,” according to the Guardian.

However, other reports allege two family sources said his condition was worse than in previous hospital visits.

“Doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long before he passes away,” an anonymous source alleged, according to the Telegraph.

Ali’s doctor, Abraham Lieberman, said he could not discuss the former heavyweight world champion’s condition.

Ali has appeared increasingly frail recently. He attended the annual Celebrity Fight Night dinner in Phoenix in April, where he was hunched over and wearing sunglasses.

Ali has nine children. Family members were reportedly gathering at the hospital June 3.

“Laila’s number one priority is her father’s well-being. She truly appreciates the outpouring of love for her family as she spends quality time with her dad,” a spokeswoman for Ali’s daughter said, according to NBC.

Despite his increasing frailty, Ali has continued to speak out publicly. He issued a statement recently in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to prevent Muslims from entering the United States.

“Speaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is,” Ali said in the statement.

Ali joined the Nation of Islam in 1964.

The 74-year-old, who retired from boxing in 1981 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984, had two brief hospital stays in December 2014 and January 2015. He was successfully treated for a severe urinary tract infection which doctors originally believed was pneumonia.

Sources: NBC News, Daily Telegraph, Guardian / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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