Report: Ali 'may only have months to live'
Close family friend says boxing legend's health deteriorating rapidly
Boxing great Muhammad Ali, who long has suffered from Parkinson's disease, is getting worse, according to his daughter, Laila.
Updated: 12:51 p.m. ET Nov. 4, 2005
Former heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali "may only have months to live" and is losing his fight against Parkinson's disease, the London Evening Standard reported Friday.
"His condition has worsened. At this point he may only have months to live," the friend told the newspaper.
Added Ali's manager, Howard Bingham, "Laila feels she is losing him."
Laila Ali, the ex-boxer's daughter, told the Los Angeles Times last week, "I feel like the disease is progressing. Different things start happening as you get older. I have noticed a change in him, something that goes along with Parkinson's.
"It's painful for me because I would love to sit down and talk to my dad about the way he used to be when he was my age, when he was in his prime, because we are so much alike. I can't really do that. I can't share a lot of things with him."
Laila Ali, 27, who lives in Los Angeles, is an undefeated professional boxer (21-0 with 18 knockouts) and wants to discuss the sport with the three-time former heavyweight champ, according to The Times.
"We don't talk about boxing," she told The Times. "He might come to a fight and say, 'You're bad.' But he was never one to talk much about boxing with us. That was not him. And he doesn't talk much these days anyway. It takes him too much energy to talk.
"He has his good days and his bad days. He's taking a lot of different medications. Sometimes, his speech is so slurred, you can't hardly understand him. But he definitely knows what's going on. That's for sure. He sees everything.
"It's his motor skills that Parkinson's affects. So it's like he's trapped inside his body. He can think. He has things he wants to say, but his lips sometimes just don't move to get it out.
"He's just taking life easy. He likes doing simple things. He loves to draw, he likes to color, he likes to clip pictures out of magazines. And he likes to do magic tricks. It doesn't take a whole lot to keep him entertained. But his attention span is very short when the subject is something more than that."
"He doesn't feel sorry for himself, so it's hard to feel sorry for him."
***not to mention his daughter just came out of the closet as a lesbo...that sent him right over the edge...