Muhammad Ali’s Heart Kept Beating After His Body Shut Down, Daughter Says

June 5, 2016 Updated: June 5, 2016

The cause of death for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday, has been revealed.

Ali had Parkinson’s Disease for more than 32 years, but that wasn’t his cause of death.

The cause of death was “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes,” family spokesman Bob Gunnell said.

Septic shock is the an aggressive, full-body inflammatory response to an infection. It is common among the elderly and those with poor immune systems. As a result, one’s blood pressure drops, leading to organ failure.

“The Greatest” actually died of septic shock after spending five days at an Arizona hospital, reported NBC News. He was hospitalized for respiratory problems that gradually worsened. He succumbed only after his wife and children came to his bedside, the family spokesperson said.

His daughter, Hana, said that after his organs failed, his heart wouldn’t stop beating.

She wrote on Instagram:

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 now.”

All of us were around him hugging and kissing him and holding his hands, chanting the Islamic prayer. All of his organs failed but his heart wouldn’t stop beating. For 30 minutes…his heart just kept beating.

No one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!


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