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Muhammad Ali 'days away from death', says brother

ICON: Muhammad Ali, 71, is said to be seriously ill

LEGENDARY BOXER Muhammad Ali could be dead within days, his brother has said.

Rahman Ali claims the 71-year-old former heavyweight champion's health has deteriorated to such an extent that he can no longer speak and doesn't even recognise him.

He told The Sun: "He's in a bad way. He's very sick.

"It could be months, it could be days. I don't know if he'll last the summer. He's in God's hands."

Ali, known as The Greatest, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, but has remained active for many years.

In December 2011, however, he was taken to hospital after collapsing at his home in Arizona.

The iconic sportsman made a special public appearance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony last summer where his ill-health was visible.

Looking particularly thin and frail, Ali had to be helped across the stage by his wife Lonnie.

However, Rahman admitted that he had not seen his brother since July - claiming that Lonnie was refusing him access, forcing the pair to communicate only via telephone.

Lonnie has refused to comment on the report.

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