Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is reportedly no longer capable of speaking as a result of his illness, the Telegraph reported.
The three-time world heavyweight champion has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost two decades.
Ali did not attend the premier of a new film about his life in Hollywood last week, which his brother said had the boxer’s full blessings.
“I have not been able to talk to my brother about this because he is sick,” his brother Rahman Ali, 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,” he said.
While Ali reigned undefeated for the duration of his career, his family says his battle with the disease maybe a losing one, the Telegraph reported.
Boxers are believed to be especially prone to Parkinson’s considering the repeated blows they receive to the head throughout their career.
Ali, 72, continued to make appearances until recently despite his frail condition.
He made a surprise appearance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games as a flag bearer, where fans, while ecstatic to see him, were surprises at his He was a surprise flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics where fans, although delighted to see him, were shocked at his feeble appearance.
Muhammad Ali was born in January 1942 in the state of Kentucky as Cassius Clay. He took on his household name, Muhammad Ali, in 1964 after converting into Islam, later declaring that Clay was “his slave name.”
He is widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time.
Although Ali could not give the filmmakers ant interview, the film aimed to take a more intimate look at his life, focusing on his family. Members of his family who attended the premiere enjoyed the film, which made use of the boxer’s “audio journals” which he recorded over the years.
“He has not seen the film yet, but I am very excited for him to see it,” his daughter, Maryum, was quoted in The Telegraph.
“He is going to love it. I know he is. He is going to cry, he is going to laugh. He will be very proud,” she said.