Laila Ali: My father is 'not suffering anymore'

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 07, 2016 11:06 AM
Laila Ali: My father is 'not suffering anymore'
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2005, file photo, Muhammad Ali, left, looks to his daughter Laila after she won a non-title fight against Asa Maria Sandell from Sweden, in Berlin, Germany. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Marku

NEW YORK (AP) — Laila Ali says she'll miss her legendary father deeply, but doesn't feel alone in her grief because "the whole world is sad."

The daughter of Muhammad Ali, who died Friday in Arizona at age  74 following a long battle with Parkinson's disease, tells NBC's "Today" show Monday that her father is "not suffering anymore." When asked whether he had grown weary of fighting the condition, Ali said death was one of the things her father feared and "he definitely wouldn't want to just move on."

Ali says she'll remember him as "a loving father," who "always puts children first." She says she just told her own children about their grandfather's death Monday morning.

Ali, a former boxing champion herself, says she shares her father's trademark confidence.

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