( 4UMF NEWS ) Muhammad Ali On Life Support:
Muhammad Ali has been placed on life support as his medical condition continues to worsen, while his family is now rushing to be by his bedside.
The legendary boxer, 74, has been hospitalized at an undisclosed facility since Thursday when he was discovered at his home ‘barely breathing’ according to Radar Online.
‘He had an unshakeable cough and they had to bring him to hospital and sedate him,’ said a source.
He has since been dealing with respiratory problems which are further complicated by his Parkinson’s disease.
‘Doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long until he passes away,’ said one insider.
Another insider reported that his vitals ‘are terrible,’ adding; ‘Ali is in dire straits and is rapidly deteriorating.
Ali’s spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said in a statement on Thursday that the boxer was being treated for a respiratory issue at a hospital he would not name and refused to elaborate any further on the matter other than to say his client was in ‘fair condition’ and that the hospital stay would be brief.
‘He is being treated by his team of doctors and is in fair condition,’ said Gunnell. ‘A brief hospital stay is expected. At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy.’
He then released another statement on Friday stating that there had been no change to Ali’s condition.
Laila Ali spoke about her father’s health struggles in a March interview with People, saying; ‘He’s such a fighter, still, when at times he seems weak and not able to handle it.
‘He comes through stronger than ever. He’s still fighting regardless and I love my dad for that.’
Ali has been hospitalized several times in recent years, most recently in early 2015 when he was treated for a severe urinary tract infection initially diagnosed a month prior as pneumonia.
He has also been battling Parkinson’s for decades now, and brought much awareness to the disease thanks to his high profile and willingness to share his very public struggle since being first diagnosed in the early 80s.
The boxer has looked increasingly frail during public appearances over the past few years, including one in April 9 where he wore sunglasses and was hunched over at the annual Celebrity Fight Night dinner in Phoenix, which raises funds for treatment of Parkinson’s.
His last public appearance prior to that was in October of last year when he appeared at the Sports Illustrated Tribute to Muhammad Ali at The Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.