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Muhammad Ali, who has died at the age of 74. will be buried in his home town of Louisville.
three-time world heavyweight champion, who
was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 32 years ago, was admitted to
hospital this week with a respiratory disease and died on Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona.
"The Ali family would like to thank everyone for
their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this
time," a family statement read.
won gold at 1960
Rome Olympics, and
had a record of 56 wins from 61 fights in his professional career
until his retirement in 1981.
was also renowned as a political campaigner, and was stripped of his
world title for refusing to fight in the US war in Vietnam.
of Ireland Michael D Higgins paid tribute to Ali's political work,
“grace and beauty” he bought to the sport of boxing.
passing of Muhammad Ali will have been heard with the greatest
sadness by Irish people of all generations," he said.
will remember the wit, grace and beauty he brought to boxing and some
will recall his visits to Ireland.
"All over the world people also flocked to hear him offer his view on the achievement of democracy and particularly equal rights when they were so strikingly missing in some of the richest countries of the world.
"He brought his message of freedom and respect for people of all races to all the continents of the world."
world boxing champion Barry McGuigan says Ali was the inspiration
for his own career in the sport.
"Everybody wanted to box because of him," the Irishman told the BBC.
"He was just so amazing in every way. More than anything else it was how humble and how brilliantly charismatic he was.
"He was a beautiful looking man, a beautiful looking individual and he had so much compassion. He was the greatest sportsman there has ever been and we were very lucky that he chose boxing."