According to USA Today, Muhammad Ali was admitted to HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, just a few days before his death. He’d reportedly grown unexpectedly ill and had to be rushed to the hospital on Monday, May 30, 2016, though there was virtually nothing doctors could do to ward off the sickness that ultimately took his life on June 3, which was the Friday of that week (via The Arizona Republic). During the short span of years leading up to his final hospitalization and tragic death, Ali grew repeatedly ill and often required emergency medical attention. It was on that day in 2016 that septic shock set in and pressed him to the threshold one last time. He sadly didn’t bounce back.
Ali’s daughters Laila and Hana told Veronica Porsche — their mother and his wife from 1977 to 1986 — that shortly before arriving at the medical facility in Scottsdale, he had completely lost his ability to speak and communicate. Sadly, he wouldn’t regain it. “It’s very emotional,” Porsche shared with inquirers after his death (via USA Today). “I was with him for 12 years of my life. He was the love of my life. I’ve never loved anyone as much as I loved him. I would have thrown myself in front of bullets for him back then.” Due to violent tremors brought on by his ever-worsening Parkinson’s, he was entirely unable to even sign his name throughout the final year of his life.