As of August of 2014, the famous boxer Muhammad Ali is still alive at the age of 72 and works as a philanthropist. Since retiring from boxing, Ali has worked to raise money and awareness for numerous charities and causes, including Parkinson's disease, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984.
Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Ky. His name at birth was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. He joined the Nation of Islam, a Muslim group for African-Americans, in 1964. This prompted him to change his name to Muhammad Ali. He refused to fight in the Vietnam War due to his religious beliefs.