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Muhammad Ali Plays Down Health Scare By Brother

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has hit back at rumors that he is so ill he can barely speak, by tweeting a photo of his smiling self along with the words ‘don’t believe the hype.’

The photo was posted online and features the three-time world heavyweight champion posing beside two women.

‘Don’t believe the hype. Feeling great earlier today,’ he tweeted.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 but his condition has gradually deteriorated and he is now mostly housebound.

Rumors about his ill-health grew after he was considered too ill to attend a premiere of a film about his life last week. His condition had meant he couldn’t take part in the production of the movie either

His brother Rahman, 71, attended the screening of I Am Ali in Hollywood, and told The Sunday People: ‘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.’

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