Born Cassius Clay, Ali would become one of the greatest athletes of all time.
The three-time heavy weight champion and self proclaimed “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.
It is reported that Ali had been hospitalized on June 2, due to resperatory issues.
Having retired in 1981 after losing to Trevor Berbick, doctors started treating the boxer for Parkinson’s disease.
This became one of many causes in which Ali would become involved. In 2005, he opened the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in his hometown of Louisville Kentucky.
"I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given," he said. "Many fans wanted to build a museum to acknowledge my achievements. I wanted more than a building to house my memorabilia. I wanted a place that would inspire people to be the best that they could be at whatever they chose to do, and to encourage them to be respectful of one another."
Deemed as the one person who has raised more money for charities than any other living person, Ali was deeply involved with causes such as the Make a Wish Fondation, The Special Olympics and Herbert E. Birch Services which provides a free seven day camp for children with AIDS.
He also traveled the world to help the poor. The Seceretary General of the United States deemed him as "The United Nations Messenger of Peace."
Ali was married four times and had nine children. His daughter Laila became a professional boxer.
Laila wrote to the many people wishing her father well on Facebook today, "Thank for all the love and well wishes. I feel your love and appreciate it!!"
Muhammad Ali was 74.