Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dispelled his health rumours by posting a photograph of himself on Twitter and Instagram. The image came after the boxing star was rumoured to be deteriorating in health, having suffered from Parkinson’s disease for the past 30 years. The 72-year old, seemed to defy any speculation as he beamed out at the camera and held his fists in a boxing stance. Proudly donning a red polo T-shirt of his home team Louisville Cardinals, the former pugilist captioned the snap, “#Louisville Game Day! Go Cards!”
Ali, who earned the nicknames The Greatest and The Louisville Lip among others, watched as his side defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 44-40. The three-time world Heavyweight champion gained almost 20,000 “likes” for his photo on Instagram, an account which he set up less than a month ago. He is already an active user of Twitter and Facebook, drawing in over eight million fans.
Fresh fears were sparked over Ali’s health after his brother revealed in October that the star could barely speak. Attending a screening in Hollywood of documentary I Am Ali, which tells of his life story through interviews and anecdotes, his younger brother Rahman said “I have not been able to talk to my brother about this because he is sick. “He doesn’t speak too well. But he is proud that we are here for him. He has given this film his blessing.”
Dr. Abraham Lieberman, who championed the establishment of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, seemed to dispel any major health concerns. “I don’t know that he is more or less at risk than anyone else but anything can happen,” the specialist said.