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Muhammad Ali’s only natural son hadn’t spoken to his father for two years

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Muhammad Ali was alienated from his only natural son right up until the day he died.

Muhammad Ali Jr had been living on the poverty line for the last decade in one of the toughest neighborhoods on Chicago’s notorious South Side.

In his last interview just before his father died two months ago, he admitted that he didn’t even care what happened to his father and has been looking after his grandfather from his mother’s side, who ironically also has Parkinson’s.

In his last interview just before his father died two months ago, he admitted that he didn't even care what happened to his father and has been looking after his grandfather from his mother's side, who ironically also has Parkinson's

In his last interview just before his father died two months ago, he admitted that he didn’t even care what happened to his father and has been looking after his grandfather from his mother’s side, who ironically also has Parkinson’s

Ali Jr (left, as a child) was woefully neglected by his absentee father as a child, and badly bullied by boys who wanted to prove they could beat up the legendary champion’s son

Ali Jr (left, as a child) was woefully neglected by his absentee father as a child, and badly bullied by boys who wanted to prove they could beat up the legendary champion’s son

Ali Jr, who is the son of Ali's first wife Khalilah Ali, said he did see his father on his 72nd birthday and 73rd birthdays. He's pictured fighing in the 1970s with his dad who introduced him to a crowd

Ali Jr, who is the son of Ali’s first wife Khalilah Ali, said he did see his father on his 72nd birthday and 73rd birthdays. He’s pictured fighing in the 1970s with his dad who introduced him to a crowd

The 43-year-old had been living off handouts from charity to clothe himself, wife, Shaakira, and two children – Ameera, 8, and Shakera, 7 – and rely on charities for food.

Although Ali Jr was in contact with his sisters, he said they never spoke about his dad and he had no one to confide in about how the estrangement really affected him.

Junior, who is the son of Ali’s first wife Khalilah Ali, says: I’m trying to live life, and be good. I saw him on his 72nd birthday, then on his 73rd birthday, I sung happy birthday to him, and I heard nothing back, he didn’t respond and I know it was the Parkinson’s. I knew he was in a pretty bad shape.

‘I don’t discuss my father to my sisters about anything, I don’t have anybody I can confide in, so I don’t do that. I don’t really care anymore about being cut off from the family.




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