Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia
Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with pneumonia on Saturday. The champion boxer is battling a mild case of the illness that, nevertheless, requires in-patient medical treatment. He is currently in stable condition.
A spokesperson for Ali says he entered a hospital on Saturday morning, and is being treated by a team of doctors. Because the case is mild and was discovered early, the prognosis is good and Ali is expected to have a short stay. The medical center where he is being treated was not disclosed.
The 72-year-old sports legend is also battling Parkinson’s Disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1984. He had retired from boxing three years prior. Ali is an Olympic gold medalist and three-time heavyweight champion, who, after retirement, dedicated his life to social justice. In 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Ali’s pubic appearances have decreased significantly in recent years, particularly in the last 12 months, prompting concerns and rumors about his health. In October, his daughter Laila Ali (pictured above) downplayed fears, describing her dad as being “good,” and noted that rumors “every year come out.” “He is sick, but he’s still alive. He’s sick, but he’s fine,” she told TMZ.
Following Ali’s hospitalization, Laila took to Twitter on Sunday to write, “Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers for my father. He is doing well. Y’all know he is a fighter! WE APPRECIATE ALL THE LOVE!” Gossip Cop wishes Ali a speedy recovery.