Muhammad Ali Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Muhammad Ali, three-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist.


Birth date: January 17, 1942
Death date: June 3, 2016
    Birth place: Louisville, Kentucky
    Birth name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
    Father: Cassius (Cash) Clay, a sign and mural painter
    Mother: Odessa (Grady) Clay
    Marriages: Yolanda (Lonnie) Williams (November 19, 1986-June 3, 2016, his death); Veronica Porche (June 1977-January 1986, divorced); Khalilah Tolona (Belinda Boyd) (August 1967-January 1977, divorced); Sonji Roi (August 1964-January 1966, divorced)
    Children: Adopted with Yolanda (Lonnie) Williams: Assad; with Veronica Porche: Laila (1977) and Hana (1976); with Aaisha Fletcher: Khaliah(1974); with Khalilah Tolona: Muhammad Ibo Jr. (1972), Rasheda and Jamillah (1970); Maryum (1968); with Patricia Harvell: Miya (1971)

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    Nickname: The Greatest. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" described his style.
    He became interested in boxing after reporting the theft of his bike to a policeman who gave boxing lessons at a local community center.
    As an amateur boxer, Cassius Clay won 100 of 108 fights, including six Kentucky Golden Gloves championships.
    Rhyming was one of his trademarks. "They all fall in the round I call," "rope-a-dope," "rumble in the jungle," and "thrilla in Manila."
    His book, "GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali," weighs 75-pounds, and is covered in silk and Louis Vuitton leather. It has 792 pages, is 20-by-20-inches, and has 600,000 words and more than 3,000 images. GOAT stands for "Greatest of All Time."Ten thousand were published. The first 1,000 were signed and sold for $7,500. The other 9,000 sold for $3,000 each.


    1959 - Wins National Golden Gloves championship as a light heavyweight and qualifies for the US Olympic team.