Muhammad Ali died of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes

(Reuters) – Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, died at age 74 of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes, a family spokesman said on Saturday. Google+

Former heavyweight world boxing champion Muhammad Ali poses with a copy of his book, The Greatest Of All Time, at the Frankfurt book fair October 9, 2003. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo
Former heavyweight world boxing champion Muhammad Ali poses with a copy of his book, The Greatest Of All Time, at the Frankfurt book fair October 9, 2003. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome, died at 9:10 p.m. MST on Friday, spokesman Bob Gunnell said at a press conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, not far from the facility where Ali was hospitalized for a respiratory issue.

His public funeral will be held on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, Gunnell said.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Mary Milliken)

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