Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died on Saturday after being hospitalised with respiratory ailments in Phoenix.
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was close to death in a Phoenix-area hospital on Friday, a source close to the family had said.
Asked about Ali's condition, the source had earlier said: "It's extraordinarily grave. It's a matter of hours." But the family spokesperson Bob Gunnell has said that Ali, 74, was in fair condition.
The source, who had spoken with Ali's wife, Lonnie, added: "It could be more than a couple of hours, but it's not going to be much more. Funeral arrangements are already being made."
Ali has suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years.
The Boxing champion's last public appearance was in April at the "Celebrity Fight Night" gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Ali held the heavyweight title a record three times, and Sports Illustrated named him the top sportsman of the 20th century.
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