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Muhammad Ali’s Daughters Share Their Memories — and They’ll Make You Want to Call Your Dad

posted: 06/06/16
by: Mara Betsch

Muhammad Ali is known for his prowess inside the boxing ring -- he was, after all, "The Greatest" -- but he had quite a life outside the ring as well.

Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, Ali spent his later years working on philanthropy, helping raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center as well as the Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 for his efforts.

Ali was also a family man, with seven daughters and two sons, and three grandchildren. When he passed away on Friday, at the age of 74, some of his daughters shared their memories of him through powerful messages.

Laila Ali, his daughter from his second marriage to Veronica Porsche, followed in his footsteps as a boxer. She honored him on Friday with this sweet Facebook message.

in an interview with ABC News, she said "I can say that I'm obviously really sad but I've been sad for a long time just watching my father struggling with Parkinson's disease." She also recognizes her father's legacy as an athlete and "fighter inside and out of the ring," who spoke for people who couldn't speak for themselves. She said "I just have so much respect for him because you just don't see that You don't see that anymore, not only in just athletes, I mean there's just not that many men that you can compare to my father."

His daughter Hana, Laila's sister, also shared this beautiful photo:

She also added her account of what it was like seeing her father pass away.

A photo posted by Hana Ali (@hanayali) on

Doesn't this make you want to call your dad immediately?