TMZ is reporting that legendary boxerÂ Muhammad Ali has been hospitalizedÂ respiratory issue. The boxerâ€™s spokesperson says Ali is in â€œfairâ€ condition, and he is currently being tended to by a team of doctors.
As fans everywhere wish Ali well and hope for a quick recover, itâ€™s worthÂ looking back on his incredible life over the course of the past 74 years. Ali has been married several times and has nine kids in total, many of whom went on to become extraordinary people of their own.
Here are five fast facts about Muhammad Ali and his family.
1. He Proposed to His First Wife the Night They Met
Muhammad Ali met his first wife, a cocktail waitress named Sonji Roi, in June ofÂ 1964. She recalls that he asked her to marry him the night they met, and the ceremony took place just one month later, in August of 1964. Roi was 23 at the time, while Ali was 22.
Ali andÂ Roi were together for about a year a half before divorcing in January of 1966. They separated due to Aliâ€™s devotion to Islam. According to The Telegraph, Roi noted that Ali had coerced her into adopted Muslim customs, and she later said that Islam had â€œstolenâ€ her husbandâ€™sÂ mind.
Ali and Roi did not have any children together.
2. He Had Four Kids With His Second Wife
One year after he divorced Roi, Ali remarried. His second wife wasÂ Belinda Boyd, who was 17 at the time she married Ali. After the wedding ceremony, Boyd converted to Islam and changed her name toÂ Khalilah Ali.
â€œEven though he was eight years older than me, I was a little smarter than him and a little bit more educated, too,â€ Khalilah later said of their time together. â€œAnd helping and guiding him was the best time of my entire life.â€
While together, Muhammad and Khalilah had four children: Maryum, Jamillah, Rasheda, and Muhammad Ali, Jr.
In 1974, Muhammad Ali began having an affair with actress and â€œposter girlâ€Â Veronica Porsche, who was 18 at the time. KhalilahÂ later told The USA TodayÂ that Ali made her aware of the affair when it was happening.
3. He Had Two Kids With His Third Wife
VeronicaÂ Porsche and Muhammad Ali were actually married in 1974 in a secret ceremony while Ali was still with Khalilah, according to The USA Today.
She said that at the time, nobody knew about the ceremony but the two of them, the man officiating the wedding, and Aliâ€™sÂ masseur. Porsche says she did not tell anyone out of fear of Ali facing legal consequences for having two wives.
â€œIt was quiet, nobody was there,â€ Porsche said in an interview years later. â€œSomething inside me made it OK because I loved him. Thatâ€™s how I felt.â€
Ali and Porsche were officially, legally married in the summer of 1977. They already had a baby girl,Â Hana, by the time they were married, and Veronica gave birth toÂ Laila a few months after the wedding.
Porsche and Ali divorced nine years later, apparently due to his infidelity.
â€œThe major reason was, and everyone knows, that he fooled around,â€ she told the USA Today.
4. His Fourth Wife Was an Old Friend
The same year Ali and Porsche got divorced, Ali marriedÂ Yolanda Williams, whom he had been friends with since 1964. Williams is Aliâ€™s current wife, and they have now been together for 30 years.
Ali and Williams have one child together,Â Asaad Amin, who they adopted when Amin was five months old.
5. His Daughter Is An Accomplished Boxer
When she grew up, one of Aliâ€™s daughters would go on to become an accomplished professional boxer of her own.
Laila Ali, Muhammadâ€™s second daughter with his third wife,Â Veronica, began boxing at the age of 18, and she began her career in October of 1999. She went on to have an incredibly impressive, undefeated career, concluding her last professional fight inÂ 2007.
When Laila told her father she wanted to get into boxing, he was concerned about his daughter getting into such a dangerous sport. In fact, he had previous made comments against female boxing, saying in 1978, â€œWomen are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that..â€
Laila isnâ€™t the only one of Muhammadâ€™s daughters to go to to become famous in her own right.Â Maryum, Muhammadâ€™s first child with his second wife, went on to become a successfulÂ hip hop artist.