Family, friends release statements regarding article about Muhammad Ali's health

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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 12:37 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A spokesman for Muhammad Ali's family released a statement Thursday regarding comments the boxing legend's brother made to the National Enquirer earlier this week.

In that article, Rahman Ali was quoted as saying Muhammad was in failing health, near death and was not getting the proper attention and care from the family he needed.

In a statement released Thursday evening, the family said, “Unfortunately Rahman Ali was led astray in his interviews with less than reputable publications.  The Ali family is disappointed in the sensational journalism that printed these false stories.  Rest assured that Muhammad is doing great.  Muhammad, Lonnie, and the entire Ali family very much appreciate the support from their friends around the world.”

Below are statements from those closest to Muhammad Ali attached in the same news release to the media.

“If I had Parkinson’s I would wish I was cared for as well as Muhammad.  I believe he gets excellent care.” - Dr. Abraham Lieberman, physician of Muhammad for 25 years, sees Muhammad professionally every other week.

“I have known Muhammad and Lonnie their entire marriage.  As the world knows, Muhammad is the kindest and most compassionate man in the world and Lonnie is a direct reflection of him.  I’ve always said if reincarnation is possible I would want to come back as Muhammad because Lonnie treats him like a King.” - John Ramsey, personal friend to Muhammad Ali and Lonnie for 30 plus years.


“A team of Emory physicians sees Muhammad Ali and Lonnie Ali on a regular basis and we are in touch by phone constantly. We have been treating Muhammad since 1994 and there is no basis to these allegations.” -Dr. Mahlon DeLong, Professor of Neurology, Emory University Medical Center.
 

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