Muhammad Ali: Rare photos of the boxing legend at home before anyone knew his name

The iconic boxer's funeral will take place on Friday

Olivia Blair
Wednesday 08 June 2016 12:40
Muhammad Ali by Curt Gunther
Muhammad Ali by Curt Gunther

New, previously unseen, photos of Muhammad Ali at home before he became a household name for his boxing and activism have surfaced.

The three-time world heavyweight champion passed away at the weekend after experiencing a septic shock due to unspecified natural causes, his family said. Ali had been ill with Parkinson’s disease for the last 30 years and prior to his death was treated in an Arizona hospital for a respiratory condition.

Tributes poured in from the boxing world, civil rights movement and beyond as fans remembered “the greatest”. Many shared their favourite videos and images of the 74-year-old, with the iconic image of Ali standing over Sonny Liston following his world heavyweight win in 1965 making the rounds.

Now, rare photos of Ali have been released by Steve Gunther from California. His father, Curt Gunther, photographed Ali on several occasions in his home in Louisville, Kentucky, reports CNN.

The photos were taken when Ali was known by his birth name Cassius Clay as he prepared for the 1960 Rome Olympics. In the shots, Ali can be seen with his father Cassius Snr, mother Odessa and brother Rudy as well as doing everyday things like speaking on the phone, watching television and sat in his car.

Muhammad Ali in his own words

Another intimate photo was shared by Ali’s daughter, Hana, on Tuesday. The picture shows the pair on video chat to each other on 22 May just over a week before he died.

Ali’s body has been returned to his hometown for the funeral and public memorial which will take place on Friday.

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