Daughter denies Muhammad Ali death claim

Muhammad Ali
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May May Ali dispels rumours that her father is close to death, insisting that he is "fine" and "talking well".

Muhammad Ali's daughter has dismissed rumours that her father is at death's door.

A report in The Sun over the weekend - quoting his brother Rahman Ali - suggested that the 71-year-old only had a matter of days left to live.

The three-time heavyweight champion has battled Parkinson's disease since being diagnosed in 1984.

However, May May Ali has now revealed that the rumour is untrue.

"He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she told The Associated Press. "These rumors pop up every once in a while but there's nothing to them."

Ali last fought in 1981, losing a 10-round decision to Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas.

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