Although it happened a little later than everyone hoped for, supporters can finally update their social media pages with the headline: “Muhammad Ali released from hospital” because that’s what just happened.
The three-time world heavyweight champion was released from an undisclosed hospital Tuesday night, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said Wednesday. Ali is back home and looking forward to celebrating his 73rd birthday on Jan. 17 with his family and friends, Gunnell said.
“He’s in great spirits and enjoying being back home,” Gunnell said. “He’s back in his daily routine.”
Ali has had Parkinson’s disease for years.
Ali was hospitalized Dec. 20 with what was initially believed to be a mild case of pneumonia. Doctors later determined Ali had a severe urinary tract infection and not pneumonia, Gunnell said.
The Ali family appreciates the outpouring of support and well wishes, and also thanked his team of doctors and nurses, he said.
Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Paradise Valley, Arizona; Berrien Springs, Michigan; and in Louisville. Gunnell would not say which home Ali had returned to.
The Champ has a career record of 56-5 with 37 KO’s. Consider this another win in the fight for life.