The 72-year-old, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1984, is said to be in “stable condition” and being treated by his team of doctors.
“Because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected,” Gunnell said in a statement.
The family didn’t make any further comments. Gunnell didn’t state at which hospital “The Greatest” is beating treated.
Ali’s youngest daughter and former professional boxer, Laila Ali, tweeted on Sunday to thank her followers for their well-wishes and prayers. She said that her father was doing well.
Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers for my father. He is doing well~Y’all know he is a fighter! WE APPRECIATE ALL THE LOVE!
— Laila Ali (@TheRealLailaAli) December 21, 2014
Ali’s brother, Rahman Ali, told Sunday People in October that he believed that Ali’s health was declining. Ali’s doctor, Abraham Lieberman, said that Ali was doing “OK” for someone who has had Parkinson’s for 30 years. On October 30, he attended the nationally televised football game between Florida State and Louisville in Kentucky.
“Muhammad is a strong person for his age and the disease he has,” Gunnell told The Courier-Journal in November.