Muhammad Ali's long battle with Parkinson's disease has left the three-time heavyweight champion barely able to speak, according to his brother Rahman.
The boxing legend, who was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder in 1984, was too ill to attend the premiere of a documentary about his life and is said to be mostly housebound at this point.
At the screening of "I Am Ali," Rahman revealed, "I have not been able to talk to my brother about this because he is sick. He doesn’t speak too well. But he is proud that we are here for him. He has given this film his blessing."
Muhammad's daughter Maryum said the film will make her dad laugh and cry while sister Hana told The Mirror's "Sunday People" she plans on showing it to the 72-year-old at his home in Arizona later this month.
In the film, directed by Clare Lewins, the Louisville native allows access to his personal archive of audio journals and includes interviews with his family as well as boxers Mike Tyson and George Foreman.
Following several strokes, Muhammad retired in 1981 and his health has been in a constant decline ever since. He looked particularly frail at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony where he needed assistance crossing the stage.
In January of this year, the athlete's son, Muhammad Ali Jr., said there was "no chance" his father would survive another year. "I just want, hope and pray to God that this awful disease takes my dad sooner rather than later. Take him away from all the suffering he’s in," he said at the time.
Head over to The Mirror's "Sunday People" for more from Rahman.
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