Update 11:19pm: Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion died after a brief final fight with liver cancer. The family issued a release confirming the boxer's death on Monday night.
Frazier, who took on Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s -- including the epic "Thrilla in Manilla" -- had been under home hospice care after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer that took his life, a family friend said. Until then, Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas in September.
Smokin' Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including a devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. It was the left hook that dropped Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to seal a win in the so-called "Fight of the Century."
Joe Frazier was 67.
The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The Associated Press is now reporting that Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion has died. Stay with WHAS11 News for the very latest.