As Muhammad Ali’s health declines, his brother Rahman Ali says the family is in bitter turmoil regarding his final wishes.
Rahman, 69, casts blame on Muhammad’s fourth wife Lonnie, saying she is refusing to allow anyone to see him during his final days. In an interview with The Sun, Rahman admits that his brother would be better off if he died sooner than later because of the family strife.
Muhammad, 71, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. His last public appearance was at last year’s London Olympics, which is when Rahman says he was last able to see his brother.
“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,” Rahman told The Sun.
Rahman says he can only speak to his brother over the phone, as well as Muhammad’s nine children.
“We’ve all been pushed out. The only time I get to see him is at public events.[Lonnie] and her family are draining him. It’s so sad. There’s nothing I can do, they’ve blocked us all off,” Rahman said.
Rahman, along with one of Muhammad’s sons Muhammad Ali Jr., lives in a modest home and is having trouble making ends meet, especially since he, too, suffers from health problems. Rahman says his brother set up a trust fund for him, but has been unable to access it because of Lonnie’s intervention.
“If he knew what was happening and where I’m living now, he’d be as mad as hell, so angry. He’d divorce her. If he saw what was happening with his children, he’d go crazy.”
The brothers were very close growing up, and even boxed together when they were young. Rahman says his brother always knew he’d be great, which became reality last year when the World Boxing Council confirmed Muhammad’s nickname “The Greatest.”
Source: The Sun