Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Muhammad Ali was on his death bed with only days to live. While fans braced themselves for the imminent passing of the Champ, his daughter Laila Ali has stepped forward to beat back the death talk.
“It seems like every six months or so a report like that comes out,” Laila Ali told V-103‘s midday host Egypt. “I get emails, I get calls. That scares me because my dad is sick, he has Parkinsons and you never know how long he’s going to be here. None of us are promised tomorrow anyway, especially him.”
But Laila, who has retired from professional boxing, said she confirmed her father’s current health condition.
“Of course, I called the house and my stepmom is like, ‘Your dad is right here ready to watch the Super Bowl. He’s fine.'”
Muhammad Ali’s estranged brother Rahman started the panic with an interview published in the Sun, in which he claimed the former champ’s health was in terminal decline.
“He’s in a bad way. He’s very sick,” he said. “It could be months, it could be days. I don’t know if he’ll last the summer. He’s in God’s hands. We hope he gently passes away.”
Now 71, Ali has had a public battle with Parkinsons for three decades. While Laila said the reports “scare her, too,” she is thankful for the concern.
“He’s all good,” she said. “I appreciate the well-wishes.”
Check out the full interview here. —Erik Parker, CBS Local