A spokesperson for boxing legend Muhammad Ali is disputing a British tabloid report claiming the one-time heavyweight champion is near death.
The scoop came from Ali’s brother Rahman, who told The Sun that death was imminent for the sports icon and Louisville, Kentucky native. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984. According to Rahman, the champ no longer recognizes him:
“My brother can’t speak. He doesn’t recognize me. He’s in a bad way. He’s very sick. It could be months, it could be days. I don’t know if he’ll last the summer. He’s in God’s hands. We hope he gently passes away.”
Hogwash, says longtime Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell, who claims Ali spent Super Bowl Sunday in his Phoenix-area home, wearing Baltimore Ravens’ gear.
“He looks great. He’s having a Super Bowl party.”
Ali’s boxer daughter Laila Ali assured fans with a series of Twitter postings over the weekend:
“2 all concerned, my father is the same as usual. I spoke 2 his wife today and she said he is totally fine & was watching the game.”
“My dads health is normal! Here is a pic of him today! Thanks for all well wishes…”