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Friend Says Ali Doing Well After Hospital Stay

A longtime friend of Muhammad Ali says the former boxing champ is back at his home in Arizona and doing well after being hospitalized earlier this month. John Ramsey tells the Courier-Journal that he spoke with Ali’s wife, Lonnie, last evening.There were media reports this week that Ali was rushed to the hospital after slipping out of consciousness at his Phoenix-area home. Ramsey said he had no details of the Louisville native’s hospitalization but thought he may have been treated for congestion and that his stay was brief.Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the mid-1980s and has appeared frail in recent photos.Ramsey says the Alis plan to be in Louisville next month to celebrate the champ’s 70th birthday.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.