Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was hospitalized on Thursday and reports are now saying that he is having respiratory issues.
In early 2015 Ali was treated for a severe urinary track infection which was initially misdiagnosed as pneumonia. At 74-years-old he has been suffering from degenerative neurological Parkinson’s disease for 32 years. Parkinson’s can cause the lung muscles to weaken making it very difficult for those suffering to swallow or cough. Pneumonia is the number one cause of death for Parkinson’s sufferers.
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 56-5 and delivered some of the most memorable fights in history.Ali also won the Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Summer Games in Rome. After retiring from boxing, Ali became a global humanitarian ambassador and even earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush.
Muhammad Ali currently resides in Arizona with his fourth wife Lonnie, who he married in 1986.