Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Laila Ali Says She's Been Sad For A Long Time Watching Her Father Struggle With Parkinson's Disease


Laila Ali recently opened up about the passing of her father, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and said her dad was surrounded by all nine of his children when he died. 

"We sent him off in a very peaceful way," she said in an interview with Good Morning America. 

The world-famous heavyweight champ died Friday night (June 3) at the age of 74 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Laila said her sisters honored their dad's Muslim faith as he died.

"All of us kids ... were all at the hospital, and all had the opportunity to be with him when he passed away," 

"We all were there, and that doesn't always happen, when everybody has the opportunity to be there, so that was very nice."

Muhammad Ali was hospitalized before his death for respiratory issues. He had fought a long battle with Parkinson's disease, and Laila said she felt comfort in knowing her father is now at peace in his body.
"I can say that I'm obviously really sad, but I've been sad for a long time just watching my father struggling with Parkinson's disease," she said. 
"You know, you hold your head up, and you say, 'Yeah, he's doing great,' but, you know, I felt like he was trapped inside of his body, so I have comfort in knowing that he's not suffering anymore. So that's what makes me feel better."
[Source: Yahoo]
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