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Muhammad Ali Dead at 74: Photos

Boxer Muhammad Ali, in the seventh round of the fight with Joe Frazier on Oct. 1. 1975.. Ali won with a TKO in the 14th..When: 08 Feb 1975.

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Muhammad Ali is dead. The three-time heavyweight champion and icon of boxing died on Friday in an Arizona hospital, where he had been admitted a day earlier with a “respiratory issue.” The champ had suffered for decades from the effects of Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1984.

Boxer Muhammad Ali, circa 1972.Featuring: Boxer Muhammad Ali, circa 1972. When: 08 Feb 1972.

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Muhammad Ali was charismatic and photogenic, for sure. Let’s look at a few more photos of him through the years.

Muhammad Ali (a.k.a. Cassius Clay) (ca. 1959).Featuring: Muhammad Ali (a.k.a. Cassius Clay) (ca. 1959). When: 08 Feb 1959.

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Here’s Muhammad Ali (right) training in Louisville, Kentucky in 1959. He looks young, but just a year later he won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He was known as Cassius Clay then; he changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after embracing Islam.

Muhammad Ali. A.k.a. Cassius Clay (1970). Directed by Jim Jacobs.Featuring: Muhammad Ali. When: 08 Feb 1970.

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Boy, what a great shot. Here’s Ali promoting a fight in the 1960s.

Cassius Clay, "The Legend of Boxing", "The Man", fights Earnie Shavers at Madison Square Garden on 29 September 1977..Muhammad Ali, as he's now known, is the self proclaimed "People's Champion". Other nicknames included, "The Greatest".. One of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and outstanding athletes of the 20th century, Ali was named "Sportsman of the Century" by the IOC in 1999. .Scan from original colour slide.Featuring: Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay, Earnie Shavers. Where: New York City, New York, United States. When: 29 Sep 1977.

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…and fighting Earnie Shavers in 1977.

Muhammad Ali shadow boxes with a young boy on the banks of a river

Muhammad Ali from the 1996 documentary When We Were Kings.

…and shadow-boxing with a young fan in the 1970s, as seen in the 1996 documentary When We Were Kings.

Muhammad Ali, Howard Cosell. circa 1970s.

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Here he is chatting with his friendly nemesis, sportscaster Howard Cosell, in a TV studio in 1970.

Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali (a.k.a. Cassius Clay). The Real Malcolm X (1992). Directed by Brett Alexander.Featuring: Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali (a.k.a. Cassius Clay). When: 08 Feb 1992.

Photo from the 1992 film The Real Malcolm X.

…and sharing a laugh with activist Malcolm X in the 1960s, as seen in the 1992 film The Real Malcolm X.

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Muhammad Ali was a celebrity, for sure. Here he is with Gary Coleman in a 1979 episode of the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes.

ALI VISITS BERLIN TO WATCH DAUGHTER BOX.Muhammad Ali and his fourth wife Yolanda 'Lonnie' Williams arrive at the Grand Hyatt, Hotel in.The 63-year-old father-of-nine, dubbed The Greatest, will also undergo treatment for Parkinson's disease during his stay at the Hotel. Laila recently expressed fears for her father's declining health saying: "I feel like the disease is progressing." (JB/WN/IG).Featuring: ALI VISITS BERLIN TO WATCH DAUGHTER BOX. Where: Berlin, Germany. When: 15 Dec 2005.

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Parkinson’s disease got the better of him in the last few years, but he was still game to “put ’em up” for the cameras. This was in Berlin in 2005, where he watched his daughter, Laila Ali, box.

The Big Fight: Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier (1975) [a.k.a. Thrilla in Manila]. Shown: Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali lunges at challenger Joe Frazier during the tenth round (October 1, 1975).When: 08 Feb 1975.

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Still, it’s more fun to remember him in his prime. Here he is once again battling Joe Frazier in 1975 — in the fight known as ‘The Thrilla in Manila.’  It was the third fight between the two, and Ali won in a 15th-round TKO.  He’s older here, a little heavier, but still packing a wallop. And still The Champ.

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