A source said boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been placed on life support. Ali, 74, was hospitalized on June 2 after having trouble breathing, the Daily Mail reports.
While Ali’s spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said he was in “fair condition,” many close to Ali reportedly say otherwise.
“A brief hospital stay is expected. At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy,” Gunnell said, adding on June 3 that Ali’s condition had not changed.
An insider says that “doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long until he passes away,” according to the Daily Mail.
The boxer’s Parkinson’s disease is said to be complicating his respiratory issues even further.
Another person reportedly said that Ali’s vitals “are terrible.”
“He needs every bit of fight he’s got left to survive,” the anonymous individual added.
Concerned family members are on their way to visit the sports icon.
Ali’s third wife, Veronica Porche, said she and her two daughters -- Laila and Hana -- are heading out to see him.
His second wife, Khalilah, also said their daughter is on her way to visit her father.
“My daughters have both flown there and I will be hearing from them when they arrive at the hospital,” she said. “I can’t comment more than that but I will say it is not so great, I’ll just say that much. He’s a real hero. It’s a sad situation.”
It’s not the first time Ali has been hospitalized, Radar reports.
In January 2015, Ali was rushed to the ICU only a little while after just being released from the hospital for pneumonia and a severe urinary tract infection.
“He wasn’t responding,” said a source at the time. “He went to bed Tuesday night, but didn’t wake up in the afternoon or evening the next day. He was sleeping for 24 hours.”
In the early 1980s, Ali was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He has done much to raise awareness of the illness after openly talking about his struggles.