Muhammad Ali's Children Pay Tribute to Late Father
"Our father was a 'Humble Mountain!' And now he has gone home to God. God bless you daddy," Hana Ali, one of the boxing legend's nine children, posted on social media following his death on Friday.
Following the death of three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali on Friday, the boxing legend's children paid heartfelt tributes to their late father on social media.
His daughter Hana Ali remembered the 74-year-old global icon in a series of tweets, first sharing with followers, "Our father was a "Humble Mountain!" And now he has gone home to God. God bless you daddy. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!"
The morning after his passing, Hana detailed her father's death and admitted that the family's "hearts are literally hurting."
"Our hearts are literally hurting. But we are so happy daddy is free now. We all tried to stay strong and whispered in his ear, 'You can go now. We will be okay. We love you. Thank you. You can go back to God.' All of us were around him hugging and kissing him and holding his hands, chanting the Islam prayer," she said of the final moments spent with her father.
Hana further explained that her father's "heart wouldn't stop beating" though his organs stopped working: "All of his organs failed but his heart wouldn't stop beating. For 30 minutes ... his heart just keep beating. No one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will! Thank you all for your love and support!!!"
Ali's daughter Rasheda Ali also shared a memory of her father, posting a photo of the two with their hands and arms intertwined. "The Greatest Man that ever lived," she said. "Daddy my best friend & my Hero You R no longer suffering & now in a better place."
The boxer, who endured a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, was married four times and fathered nine children: Maryum, Rasheda, Jamillah, Hana, Laila, Khaliah, Miya, Muhammad and Asaad. He was admitted into a Phoenix hospital on Thursday for a respiratory issue and passed away a day later.
Our father was a "Humble Mountain!" And now he has gone home to God. God bless you daddy. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!— Hana Ali (@Hanayali) June 4, 2016
The Greatest Man that ever lived. Daddy my best friend & my Hero You R no longer suffering & now in a better place. pic.twitter.com/IASO4u3Ikn— RASHEDA ALI™ (@rashedaali) June 4, 2016