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Muhammad Ali's 'final bell' during dying moments gave his heartbroken family one reason to smile

His wife, Lonnie, had managed to fly most of Ali's nine children and some of his adult grandchildren to his hospital bed in Phoenix, Arizona

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The champion will never be forgotten. Picture: Zenon Texeira/Fame FlynetSource:Supplied

17:02, 8 JUN 2016 BY CHRISTOPHER BUCKTIN

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Muhammad Ali rang the ‘final bell’ on his life as he lay on life support after his bedside hospital machine sounded ‘ding ding ding’ before his death.

The boxing legend’s daughter Rasheda revealed how, as they watched his life ebb away, the family’s sadness was broken by fits of laughter while at his bedside.

"The dialysis bell went 'ding, ding, ding', " she told People magazine.

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Muhammad Ali's family’s sadness was broken by fits of laughter while at his bedside.

"We all kind of stopped. I thought, 'Somebody's ringing a boxing bell.' I looked at him instinctively and said, 'Get your ass up' Everybody started laughing.

"And I said, 'Dad did that. He was looking for a way to make the mood more comical and stop us crying.’




“I felt he rang that bell on purpose, and then we all burst in to tears again."

As the 74-year-old battled for his life by late Friday afternoon the family’s realised they were losing him.

His wife, Lonnie, had managed to fly most of Ali's nine children and some of his adult grandchildren to his hospital bed in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Boxer Muhammad Ali's daughters (L-R) Maryum Ali, Rasheda Ali-Walsh, Khaliah Ali, Jamillah Ali-Joyce and Hana Ali

As they sat whispering over Ali’s machines his dialysis bell sounded.

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Hana shared her last picture of Muhammad Ali

Describing the moments before his death Rasheda, who was born to the boxer’s second wife, Belinda Boyd, added: "It was solemn.

"We felt he did hear us, but he was not really responding. There were moments the kids would go in and out of the room," giving each other private time with their father.


Muhammad Ali's body being transported to his hometown

Rasheda’s half-sister Hana, born to The Greatest’s third wife Veronica Porché, added: "He'd gotten up off the mat so often, it was hard to believe he wouldn't get up one more time.

“We all cried and kissed him one by one and walked out of the room. It was hard.

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Pure class. Muhammad Ali "looked peaceful" when he passed away. Picture: Zenon Texeira/Fame FlynetSource:Supplied

“But there was a sense of relief that he had passed in such a beautiful way. He looked peaceful.”

In Ali’s final hours his longtime doctor said his final goodbye just after 8pm being replaced by an imam, who led the family in a continuous Islamic prayer as the heart monitor recorded the final blips.



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Ali died from sceptic shock at 9.10pm last Friday.

He will be buried tomorrow (FRI) following public funeral service attended by 18,000 people including Will Smith, Lennox Lewis and former President Bill Clinton.

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- The grave site of Muhammed Ali at the Cave Hill National Cemetary
- He will be laid facing the twin lakes


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Cave Hill National Cemetary is one of the most picturesque in America

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