Boxing legend extraordinaire Muhammad Ali (pictured) has reportedly been readmitted to the hospital for the treatment of a urinary tract infection (UTI). The three-times former heavyweight world champ was just released from an undisclosed medical facility earlier this month following a three-week stint, according to Radar Online.
When Ali was last hospitalized, it was presumed he had a rough strain of pneumonia, but it was later revealed that a severe UTI had been the actual culprit.
The 72-year-old boxer, who has been battling his toughest contender yet with Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating neurological illness that has practically quieted his voice and slowed his movements for the last 30 years, will be celebrating his birthday on the 17th of this month.
Ali was reportedly at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home when an ambulance was called in the wee hours of Thursday morning. According to an unnamed source who spoke to Radar Online about Ali, “He wasn’t responding. He went to bed Tuesday night, but didn’t wake up in the afternoon or evening the next day. He was sleeping for 24 hours. They thought he might be too exhausted.”
The champ is again at an undisclosed hospital and reportedly in the intensive care unit where healthcare workers are keeping a watchful eye on him. “They’re doing tests and results may not be back until tonight,” said the source. “So for now, he’s resting,” surrounded by loved ones including his daughter, Hana, and wife, Lonnie.