Muhammad Ali Hospitalized with Urinary Tract Infection

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie Ali ride a golf cart onto the field to represent the Louisville Cardinals for the coin toss against the Florida Gators prior to the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Muhammad Ali was back in the hospital for the second time in four weeks to receive further care after suffering a urinary tract infection but has reportedly been released.

Continue for updates.


Ali Released From Hospital After Receiving Follow-Up Care

Friday, Jan. 16.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports has the latest on Ali:

Ali was back in the hospital following his urinary tract infection to receive follow-up care, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell. "There were still issues with the urinary tract infection," noted Gunnell, reported by ESPN.

The aforementioned article confirms Ali remains in stable condition. Extra details are provided by ESPN below:

The man known worldwide for his boxing prowess and humanitarian work has been spending his time listening to music, reading and watching old movies, Gunnell said. Ali is expected to be released on Friday.

Ali turns 73 on Saturday and hopes to spend it at one of his homes with family, Gunnell said. Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Paradise Valley, Arizona; Berrien Springs, Michigan; and in Louisville.


Ali Released from Hospital

Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Muhammad Ali was released from the hospital, according to a statement from a family spokesman on Wednesday (via Erik Ortiz of NBC.com):

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was released from the hospital Tuesday night after battling a severe urinary tract infection, a family spokesman said Wednesday. Doctors at an undisclosed hospital had been observing and testing Ali, who also suffers from Parkinson's disease, since he was first admitted almost three weeks ago. Initially, doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia, but it was discovered to be a bladder infection.

"The Ali family greatly appreciates the outpouring of support and continued well wishes," spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a statement. "They also want to thank the team of doctors and nurses for their exceptional care." The former world heavyweight champ will turn 73 on Jan. 17.

 


Ali's Daughter Updates His Condition

Tuesday, Dec. 23

TMZ spoke to Muhammad Ali's daughter, who provided an update on the boxing legend's condition:

Muhammad Ali's daughter tells TMZ Sports ... the boxing icon is "doing so much better" following a bout with pneumonia over the weekend ... but says she's not surprised by his quick recovery.

We spoke with Rasheda Ali-Walsh ... who tells us "My daddy is a strong man. He's so resilient and we're all very grateful and blessed."


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Ali's Condition Has "Vastly Improved"

Monday, Dec. 22

NBC News shared an update on Muhammad Ali's condition after being hospitalized with pneumonia:


Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Saturday, Dec. 20

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was hospitalized on Saturday after coming down with pneumonia.

The Associated Press (via ESPN) had the details:

A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight boxing champion has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia.

Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday night that the 72-year-old boxing great is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition.

Gunnell says Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital Saturday. He says Ali's prognosis is good because the pneumonia was caught early and that a short hospital stay is expected.

He says no other details are being released due to the Ali family's request for privacy.

The 72-year-old is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight in boxing history, if not the best boxer of all time. His battles with Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Joe Frazier quickly became legendary and displayed both Ali's ability in the ring and his almost unparalleled charisma.

Ali's impressive career may have come at a great cost after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984. Since then, he's shied away more and more from the public eye.

Still, Ali remains one of the most beloved figures in American sports.