Muhammad Ali’s family has revealed his final words that he told them, telling them he was “going to be with Allah”.
All of his nine children and other family members gathered at his bedside to wish there final goodbyes to their ‘hero’ father.
His younger brother Rahaman Ali, 72, said: “He said to me ‘I’m in no pain. No pain. Don’t cry for me Rahaman. l’m going to be with Allah. I made peace with God, I’m OK.’
“He said to me, shaking, ‘Rahaman, how do I look?’ I said ‘You look the same to me.’
“He was a wonderful angel. I miss him but I will see him again in heaven.”
Hana Ali, one of Ali’s eight daughters, said: “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 kept beating. No-one had ever seen anything like it. It was a true testament to the strength of his spirit and will.”
Bob Gunnell, family spokesman, said the final moments in the hospital had been “solemn moment”.
He said: “It was a beautiful thing to watch which displayed all that was good about Muhammad Ali. The family displayed dignity.
“Of course there was sorrow and sadness but the champ would have been very proud of his family.”
Mr Gunnell said: “He didn’t suffer. I think the realisation set in on the morning of his death.
“The family was called when things became more serious but they still had a lot of hope that it was going to turn around. Muhammad has battled back many times and we expected it to happen this time.”
Ali died late on Friday at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizon, after he was admitted to hospital on Thursday with a respiratory problem. Official cause of death was septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.