Ali's daughter dismisses death rumours

23:11, Feb 04 2013
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Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Al 'Blue' Lewis held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 1972.
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Muhammad Ali wins his third World Heavyweight Title against Leon Spinks in 1978.
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Muhammad Ali speaks during an interview for a French television program in 1978.
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Muhammad Ali receives a replacement gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics for the one he won in Rome in 1960.
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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, with his wife Lonnie, speaks at Constitution Hall in Washington DC on September 11, 2002.
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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and singer Sean P. Diddy Combs in 2003.

Muhammad Ali's daughter dismissed rumours of her father being near death, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl final.

May May Ali said she talked to her father on Sunday morning (local time) on the phone and he was fine. She said he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey.

"He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she said.

"These rumours pop up every once in a while but there's nothing to them."

The family later posted a photo on Twitter of Ali sitting in a chair wearing a Ray Lewis T-shirt.

The rumours were started by a report in British tabloid The Sun quoting Ali's brother, Rahman, as saying the former heavyweight champion was near death.

Rahman, though, said he had not seen his brother since last summer and had no contact with the family.

The report was widely repeated on the internet, including on this website, drawing expressions of condolences on Twitter and Facebook.

Ali suffers from Parkinson's disease. He celebrated his 71st birthday last month.


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