Ali's daughter dismisses death rumours

Last updated 20:01 04/02/2013

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Terrorist threat at US surfing event Joseph Parker still sweating on passport problem Rio Olympics sailing venue likened to a sewer Russell Coutts: 'It's best that you not come' Kiwis claim six golds at world rowing champs Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - July 29 Tour de France rider shows 3663km of leg wear Sarah Walker finishes fifth at BMX Worlds Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France title Vincenzo Nibali emulates Pantani as Tour winner

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.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Of these accolades, which would you like to win most?

Football's golden ball

Commonwealth Games gold

US Open tennis title

World Cup of Darts

Tour de France yellow jersey

British Open golf title

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content