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Septic Shock, Organ Failure & Family Prayers: Inside Muhammad Ali's Last Hours

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Jun. 9 2016, Updated 5:42 p.m. ET

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The world said goodbye to one of its greatest athletes on Friday, as Muhammad Ali passed away after years of suffering from Parkinson's disease and other ailments. Get the details on his final hours alive.

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As Radar previously reported, the 74-year-old was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital for what the family spokesman called a "respiratory issue."

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"The family was called when things became more serious," family rep Bob Gunnell said. "We still had a lot of hope it was going to turn around."

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But then, doctors told Ali's wife, Lonnie, that "his condition wasn't going to improve," Gunnell continued.

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One of Ali's daughters, Hana, tweeted that Ali was surrounded by his children, who chanted Islamic prayer, for his last moments alive.

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"You can go now. We will be okay. We love you. Thank you. You can go back to God now," some whispered in his ear, according to Hana.

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Even after Ali's organs failed, the boxing champ's heart continued to beat for another 30 minutes. "A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will," his daughter tweeted.

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Later, Gunnell announced that Ali died at 9:10 MT, due to septic shock from natural causes, saying, "He did not suffer."

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Though Gunnell shared that Ali's family members are having a "tough time" in the wake of the legendary athlete's death, daughter Maryum wrote in an email to CNN's Jason Carroll: "I am happy my father no longer struggles. He is in a better place. God is the greatest."

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