Muhammad Ali‘s life ended on Friday.
Ali, one (if not THE) greatest boxers of all time, died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. He was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 32 years ago, a progressive neurological condition that deteriorates speech and movement.
His daughter Rasheda said early Saturday that the legend was “no longer suffering,” describing him as “daddy, my best friend and hero” as well as “the greatest man that ever lived.”
In the early 1960s, when as a young heavyweight champion he converted to Islam and refused to serve in the Vietnam War, becoming a symbol of strength for his community and for professional sports. And even more recently, Ali was never one to shy away from controversy, speaking out or being himself. As his health declined, he criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.
A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He will be missed, but not forgotten.