Muhammad Ali's Daughter Appreciates 'Outpouring of Love' While Father is in Hospital

Updated: 04 June 2016 09:42 IST

Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila said in a statement that she "appreciates the outpouring of love" for her father, who has been hospitalised with a respiratory issue

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali with daughter Laila. © AFP

With boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a Phoenix-area hospital, reportedly battling a respiratory condition, the former heavyweight champion's 38-year-old daughter expressed appreciation for the support shown by friends and well-wishers.

A champion herself, Laila Ali said in a statement Friday that she "appreciates the outpouring of love" for her father. The 74-year-old icon was hospitalized Thursday.

Laila Ali also posted her gratitude on Facebook, including a photo of her daughter with "the Greatest" as a baby.

While a family spokesman has said the hospital stay will be "brief," reports Friday have said the boxer is in "grave" condition and that doctors have told family gathered at Ali's bedside it could be "a matter of hours, " according to Reuters.

Ali has suffered from advanced Parkinson's disease, which he was first diagnosed with in the 1980s. The illness can lead to complications with respiratory issues.



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