The family of Muhammad Ali is embroiled in a bitter feud over the former heavyweight boxing champion as his life slips away, his brother claimed yesterday.
Ali said his sister-in-law Lonnie has cut off the sporting legend from
his family and is ‘draining’ him as his mental and physical faculties
are eroded by Parkinson’s disease.
boxer’s brother lives in poverty in a small flat in his family’s
hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where Muhammad Ali owns one of his
three mansion homes.
he and his family had been barred from visiting the three-time
heavyweight world champion and could only speak to him on the phone.
all been pushed out. The only time I get to see him is at public
events,’ said Mr Ali, himself an ex-boxer. ‘She and her family are
draining him. It’s so sad. There’s nothing I can do, they’ve blocked us
He said his
71-year-old brother was so crippled by Parkinson’s, the degenerative
brain condition that has afflicted many ex-boxers, he might not survive
until the summer.
brother can’t speak – he doesn’t recognise me. He’s in a bad way. He’s
very sick,’ he told a Sunday newspaper. ‘It could be months, it could be
Mr Ali, 69, who
retired from boxing after suffering several strokes, said he last saw
his famous brother in July last year at the Sports for Peace Gala in
He said that in the days when his
brother could still communicate, he had told him he was not in pain,
adding: ‘I’ve achieved everything I’ve ever wanted to accomplish. Don’t
cry for me, I’m in no pain.’
He also claims that his brother,
estimated to be worth more than £50million, told him he had set up a
trust fund for him. But his sister-in-law had ‘put a stop to it’.
Rahman Ali added that Ali’s nine children were also having trouble getting hold of their father.
He said the closest they get is when Lonnie puts him on the phone, although he is only able to breathe down the line.