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If you’re one of many people saddened by news of boxing legend/activist Muhammad Ali’s alleged “days” to live, don’t worry. He is fine. Reports claim that Muhammad’s brother, Rahman Ali told the media that his brother’s health was ailing. “He’s in a bad way. He’s very sick,” Rahman allegedly told the Daily Mail. “It could be months, it could be days.”
The Louisville Courier-Journal, Ali’s hometown newspaper, reached out to the boxer’s wife, Lonnie, who referred the paper to Muhammad’s spokesman Bob Gunnell. Gunnell disputed The Sun report. “He looks great. He’s having a Super Bowl party,” Gunnell said. Muhammad’s daughter, May May Ali, also chimed in to confirm that her father is fine and enjoying the Super Bowl game. ”He’s fine, in fact he was talking well this morning,” she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ‘‘These rumors pop up every once in a while but there’s nothing to them.”
Muhammad isn’t the first public figure to be victim of a death hoax. Actor Morgan Freeman has been reported deceased multiple times. At one point, the actor jested about the repeat hoax and said “Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true…but if they are, I’m happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive.” He added: “I did go to Las Vegas to begin work on the film Last Vegas. That is anything but a death sentence.” A memorial page set up for the actor instantly received 100′s of thousands of “likes” on Facebook when the rumor surfaced the web. Nelson Mandela was recently victim of a death hoax as well.