According to The Sun, Muhammad Ali’s brother says the ailing boxing icon is on the verge of death and his final days are being marred by a bitter family feud fueled by his wife. The former heavyweight champion, 71, is gripped by Parkinson’s and Rahman Ali fears he is in terminal decline. But the 69-year-old said the disease is not the most devastating factor in Ali’s heartbreaking demise.
He blames Lonnie, his wife of 26 years, for tearing the family apart and said Ali would be “mad as hell” if he knew what was going on. In an exclusive interview, Rahman broke down in tears as he admitted he would rather his brother died now so he can escape his suffering.
Rahman revealed: “My brother can’t speak — he doesn’t recognize me. He’s in a bad way. He’s very sick.” We can only hope that at this point it’s all speculation but it does seem like it’s been a while since Ali has made a public appearance. Obviously the most unforgettable one will be when he lit the torch at the Olympics.
Still though, to even read these words is a sad thing. Knowing how charismatic Ali was as a boxer in his days when he was not sick just makes it that much harder to see the former champ today. We hope that whatever this feud is gets resolved and that Ali can continue his legacy in his living years for as long as possible.