By Regina F. Graham*
The daughter of icon Muhammad Ali has taken to social media to share with the world how he was a fighter up until the very end.
The boxing legend died on Friday at age 74 in a Phoenix-area hospital at 9.10pm from septic shock ‘due to unspecified natural causes,’ family spokesman Bob Gunnell announced on Saturday during an afternoon press conference.
Gunnell revealed that Ali actually was hospitalized since Monday suffering from respiratory issues, as he battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years.
He shared that it was a ‘very solemn’ time when the boxer’s family came together to say their final goodbyes.
Gunnell said the family is planning to hold a private funeral on Thursday for the icon, and that a public funeral will be held on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center starting at 2pm.
Former President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal will be giving eulogies, as the champion had previously requested. Gunnel also revealed that the three-time world heavyweight champion fighter did not suffer at the time of his death and said that he wanted people of all walks of life to be able to attend his funeral because he was a citizen of the world.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the city will hold a memorial for the boxing legend on Saturday morning.
Since the time of his death, his daughter Hana Ali has shared a few touching tributes to her father that provide an inside look as to how he was as a family man.
On Saturday, she took to Twitter and wrote how happy her family is that her father is ‘free,’ but shared how he fought until the very end and thanked people for their support.
‘Our hearts are literally hurting. But We are so happy daddy is free now. We all tried to stay strong and whispered in his ear, ‘You can go now. We will be okay. We love. Thank you. You can go back to God now.’
‘All of us were around him hugging and kissing him and holding his hands, chanting the Islamic prayer’’All of his organs failed but his HEART wouldn’t stop beating. For 30 minutes…his heart just keep (sic) beating.
‘No one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!
‘Thank you for all for your love and support!!!’
Hana Ali, who is the author of his autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly and More Than a Hero Life Lessons from Ali, also shared several photos of her him to Instagram.
In one sweet snap, she is pictured smiling next to him as he holds a chocolate bar and gazes warmly into the camera.
‘Our father was a ‘Humble Mountain!’ And now he has gone home to God,’ she captioned the photo.
‘Pray for the peace of his beautiful soul and for the happiness of his further journey.
‘God bless you daddy. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!’
In another picture she posted to Instagram, it shows him giving her a gentle kiss when she was a child.
By Regina F. Graham writes for Dailmail.com
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