CHAMP’S LOV­ING LE­GACY

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Box­ing leg­end Ali places ten­der kiss on lit­tle Hana

an hon­ourable man, he didn’t be­lieve in em­bar­rass­ing women or air­ing his dirty laun­dry, so he took the blame for things.

“Their love story just looked like he tired of her or de­cided to find an­other woman, but it wasn’t that way. I love all my sib­lings and we’re close, I’m not go­ing to em­bar­rass their mother or talk bad about her.”

Ali died fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

But Hana, who has a shrine to her dad in the gar­den of her Los An­ge­les home, said she re­fused to worry about whether the con­di­tion that killed him is ge­netic.

She added: “Even if that was a thought among my sib­lings – and I don’t know be­cause we don’t talk about it – no­body wor­ries they might get it. “My fa­ther al­ways taught that ev­ery­thing that hap­pens on the Earth is about growth and he learned a lot from life. “If any­thing Hana and Dad share hug in trea­sured snap hap­pened, we’d know how to deal with it be­cause he taught us early.

“He was con­stantly think­ing and talk­ing about whether the world would re­mem­ber him, es­pe­cially af­ter he was no longer box­ing and time would go by.

“I al­ways told him, ‘Daddy, you will never be for­got­ten’. He was al­ways so grate­ful for that.

“So in the grief, I felt this hap­pi­ness be­cause I’d learned

Hana with Mum, sis Laila with Dad Ali and tot Hana with ice lol­lies since be­ing a child that my fa­ther was go­ing to die one day, we are all go­ing to die, it’s part of life. “It’s okay to cry and be sad, it’s a healthy emo­tion, you just don’t stop on them too long. “There’s no point curs­ing God or ask­ing, ‘Why me?’ “It’s just part of the chance you take when you come to the Earth. Good and bad hap­pens.” scoops@sun­daymir­ror.co.uk At Home with Muham­mad Ali: A Per­sonal Mem­oir by Hana Ali is re­leased on Septem­ber 6 by Ban­tam Press.

I was on cloud nine when Dad gave me beau­ti­ful record­ings ...it feels like I am with him HANA ALI ON CHAMP’S AMAZ­ING GIFT TO HIS DAUGH­TER

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