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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