Muhammad Ali still healthy, despite brother’s remarks

Published On February 4, 2013 | By Kimberly Petalas

A new report from a U.K. newspaper, The Sun, sheds an alarming light on boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Ali’s brother Rahman told The Sun that his brother is not doing so well.

“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,” Rahman told the paper.

However, Ali’s family spokesman Bob Gunnell told the Courier-Journal that this is not true.

“He looks great. He’s having a Super Bowl party.”

Ali’s daughter Laila Ali posted on Twitter to clear up some rumors.



Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. Since then, he has become a philanthropist for the syndrome and its research, as well as for the Special Olympics and the Make a Wish Foundation.

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.