Last Photos of Muhammad Ali Show Boxer Like You’ve Never Seen him Before

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

“For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” –James 4:14

“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” –Ecclesiastes 11:19

We share these pictures not to shock you, but to remind you that, just as Muhammad Ali died, you will one day die. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, get to know Him today. If you are saved, we encourage you to get your house in order.

Here is how you can accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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Dignity in final portrait . . . Muhammad Ali stares defiantly into the camera (ZENON TEXEIRA/FAMEFLYNET)
Dignity in final portrait . . . Muhammad Ali stares defiantly into the camera (ZENON TEXEIRA/FAMEFLYNET)

THIS is the last official portrait of Muhammad Ali.

Proud to the end, the boxing legend, 74, stares defiantly into the camera lens just two months ago.

Ali, weary from 32 years battling Parkinson’s disease, was unrecognisable from his heyday, right.

The Brit who snapped him said: “I felt his aura.”

2016 . . . Ali before death looking tough with his iconic pose
2016 . . . Ali before death looking tough with his iconic pose ZENON TEXEIRA/FAMEFLYNET
2016 . . . boxing legend looking frail
2016 . . . boxing legend looking frail ZENON TEXEIRA/FAMEFLYNET

Ali poses with his fists raised one last time in a haunting final photoshoot.

Our pictures show The Greatest still refusing to give in to Parkinson’s disease.

He even manages the unmistakeable hint of a playful smile in what was to be his last ever series of official portraits.

Last night the Brit photographer who was invited into his home told how the three-time heavyweight boxing champ had lost none of his fighting spirit.

Ali, 74, was so frail he had to be helped into a chair in Phoenix, Arizona.

But thrilled Coventry snapper Zenon Texeira said: “I knew I was in the presence of greatness.”

His historic pictures showing a fragile but defiant Ali just weeks before his death on Saturday have never been published before.

Zenon told how the legend’s family gave their blessing to him being photographed.

Snapper . . . Texeira with French Open champion Novak Djokovic
Snapper . . . Texeira with French Open champion Novak Djokovic
Iconic snap . . . Ali prepares for the ring
Iconic snap . . . Ali prepares for the ring Rex Features

Despite his crippling condition, father-of-nine Ali, famed not only as boxing’s greatest hero but also as a crusader for civil rights, was “in good spirits”.

Zenon said: “It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to photograph one of the biggest icons this planet has ever seen.

“Muhammad was a delight to photograph.

“I feel blessed to have met my all-time sporting hero.

“To capture his majesty with such intimacy fulfils a dream.”

The Brit admitted he was racked with nerves while “photographing the most photographed icon of all time”.

But he said: “It is the proudest moment for me.

“Muhammad Ali means a lot to so many people all over the world.

“His legacy will never be forgotten.

“These unique portraits add to the giant tapestry of imagery that recorded the Champ’s life.”

1954 . . . Cassius Clay in young boxer pose
1954 . . . Cassius Clay in young boxer pose
1962 . . . Clay when he beat Archie Moore
1962 . . . Clay when he beat Archie Moore PacificCoastNews

Zenon was unsure when he travelled to the US whether Ali would be well enough to be photographed at all.

He was only too aware that the fight king’s 32-year battle with Parkinson’s had left him a shell of his former self.

Recalling how the photos came about, the Brit said: “It’s Friday evening and I’m in the office trying to justify the gamble of catching an early morning flight to Phoenix, Arizona, to capture the portrait of the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali.

“He’s 74-years-old and fragile but willing to be photographed in Phoenix.

“Arriving there on Saturday evening gave me a chance to Google the Champ and refresh myself on his life in and out of the ring.

“I go to sleep past midnight knowing I’ll have time to prepare before our scheduled 2pm shoot.

“I can’t sleep and I’m in bed, laptop by my side with a muted TV screen lighting up the room.

“Now and then my laptop pings with the arrival of a message.

“An email arrives and requests my attendance at 2pm that afternoon.”

1963 . . . training for Henry Cooper bout
1963 . . . training for Henry Cooper bout Getty Images
1971 . . . Ali prepares for Joe Frazier fight
1971 . . . Ali prepares for Joe Frazier fight

Zenon told how in his eyes the boxer looked “as pretty as ever”.

He said: “The Champ was feeling well and rested, dressed in a dark shirt as I requested.

“This has me punching the air and gets the adrenaline going.

“I don’t envisage having much time and set up a makeshift studio.

“Twenty minutes later our hero arrives.

“His skin glistens and he is meticulously groomed with cool dark sunglasses hiding his eyes.

“He is helped into an armchair and it’s clear to see how fragile this man has become.

“However, I am told that even though he may not respond he understands every word.

“I do what I have to do and 45 minutes later wrap the shoot, over the moon with what I have captured.

“I hold his hand, thank him, tell him that I’ll pray for him and kiss his forehead as I say goodbye.”

1974 . . . Ali's in Zaire for Foreman battle
1974 . . . Ali’s in Zaire for Foreman battle AP

Ali died at the weekend hours after he was rushed to hospital from his home.

He had been found barely breathing.

Family sources said the superstar had been “extremely unwell” for weeks.

The cause of death was septic shock.

Daughter Hana Ali said: “All of his organs failed but his heart wouldn’t stop beating.

“For 30 minutes his heart just kept beating.”

She said: “Our hearts are literally hurting but we are so happy daddy is free now.”

The only other pictures taken of Ali just before his death are believed to be when he was snapped next to US singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood at a charity Celebrity Fight Night.

It was held at a hotel near his home with cash raised going to his Parkinson’s charity.

Ali, who was born Cassius Clay but changed his name when he converted to Islam, had insisted dying held no fears for him.

A friend said: “Muhammad had continued to say he was not afraid of death.”

A public funeral is being held on Friday in his home town Louisville, Kentucky.

SOURCE: The Sun

 

 

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