Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, known for his sharp tongue and quick wit, is so stricken with Parkinson’s disease that he can hardly speak, the Telegraph reported on Monday, citing his brother.
Ali, 72, did not attend the Hollywood premier of a new film about his life, I Am Ali, last week, according to the newspaper. He also had been unable to take part in making the movie, although he is said to have given his support to the project.
“I have not been able to talk to my brother about this because he is sick,” his 71-year-old brother Rahman told The Sunday People.
“He doesn’t speak too well. But he is proud that we are here for him. He has given this film his blessing.”
The three-time heavyweight champion of the world has been fighting the degenerative brain condition for two decades, and his family says it is one battle he cannot win, the report said.
Parkinson’s is thought to afflict a high proportion of boxers because of the repeated blows they receive to the head during their careers, it added.
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