Muhammad Ali's Heart Kept Beating 30 Minutes After Death: Daughter Hana Ali

Updated: 05 June 2016 19:40 IST

Muhammad Ali, legendary American boxer, died late on Friday at the age of 74 in an Arizona hospital due to respiratory problems.

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali died on Friday at an Arizona hospital in the United States. © Reuters

Washington:

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali's heart kept beating for a full 30 minutes even after the rest of his body shut down, his daughter has said.

The incredible details of three-time heavyweight champion Ali's final moments were made public by his daughter Hana in an emotional post on Twitter.

"Our hearts are literally hurting. But we are so happy daddy is free now. We all tried to stay strong and whispered in his ear, you can go now. We will be OK. We love you," said Hana Ali, an author and a freelance writer.

"All of his organs failed but his HEART wouldn't stop beating. For 30 minutes ... his heart just kept beating. No-one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!" Hana wrote.

The 74-year-old Ali - known worldwide as "The Greatest" -passed away on late Friday at an Arizona hospital due to respiratory problems.



His official cause of death was septic shock due to "unspecified natural causes", said family spokesman Bob Gunnell.

The fighter had suffered for 35 years with Parkinson's disease, diagnosed three years after his retirement in 1981.

Ali received a bevy of honours during his lifetime, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian award of the US.

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Highlights
  • Muhammad Ali died on Friday in Arizona
  • Boxer Ali won the 1960 Rome Olympics gold
  • In 1984 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
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