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Muhammad Ali is 'so ill he can barely speak'

FRAIL: Former boxer Muhammad Ali

MUHAMMAD ALI'S battle with Parkinson’s disease has reached the point at which he can barely speak, his brother has said.

The legendary boxer, 72, was too unwell to attend the premiere of I Am Ali - a documentary about his life - last week.

Director Clare Lewins pieced the the project together using Ali’s own audio journals, as well as oral histories from rival boxers, including Mike Tyson and George Foreman.

At the screening of the film, the boxer's younger brother, Rahman Ali 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."

The boxer's 46-year-old daughter Maryum, also attended the screening. She said: "He has not seen the film yet, but I am very excited for him to see it."

Her brother, Ali Jnr, said in January he believed there was "no chance" his father would survive until the end of 2014.

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