By Ollie Gillman and Chris Spargo and Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com and Lucy Crossley for MailOnline
Muhammad Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest boxer of all time, has died aged 74 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
The legendary fighter died with his family at his side on Friday evening, a day after he was rushed to hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona, with difficulty breathing.
'After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,' Ali's spokesman said.
Ali's family said his funeral would be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and thanked the public for their outpouring of support.
The three-time heavyweight champion, who was also a key figure in America's civil rights movement, had been on life support in hospital, after he was found 'barely breathing' at his home on Thursday.
Brutal: Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston in a 1965 fight
Muhammad Ali has died aged 74, a day after he was rushed to hospital with difficulty breathing and 32 years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is pictured above left at a gala in his honor in September 2011, and right, in 2004 showing off some magic skills with his champion fists
Medical issues: Ali (above with wife Lonnie Williams in October) was taken to a hospital on Thursday after he began having difficulty breathing
Ali is photographed after a training session in 1970. The three-time heavyweight champion, who was also a key figure in America's civil rights movement, had been on life support in hospital, after he was found 'barely breathing' at his home on Thursday