Muhammad Ali hospitalized for a respiratory issue

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 74, has been hospitalized with a respiratory issue, according to Lawrence Smith of WDRB-TV in Louisville. Ali is in fair condition and should be released soon.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinsons' disease in 1984 at the age of 42, and has limited his public appearances greatly in recent years. He was hospitalized in January 2015 with a urinary tract infection, and previously in December 2014 with a case of pneumonia.

His family released the following statement on Thursday:

Details are scarce at the moment, but it seems as if this is a minor health scare for Ali, and we will provide updates as they're available.

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Boxer Muhammad Ali (l) stands with his trainer Angelo Dundee at City Parks Gym, New York, b&w photo on texture, partial graphic
Boxer Cassius Clay is shown in a posed action stance, April, 1962, at the Madison Square Garden photo studio. (AP Photo)
Young boxer Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky, is examined by Dr. Samuel Swetnick in New York as a preliminary to his heavyweight fight with Billy Daniels, behind them, May 12, 1962. Both boxers are undefeated. (AP Photo)
** FILE **Young heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay points to a sign he wrote on a chalk board in his dressing room before his fight against Archie Moore in Los Angeles, in this Nov. 15, 1962, file photo predicting he'd knock Moore out in the fourth round, which he went on to do. The sign also predicts Clay will be the next champ via a knockout over Sonny Liston in eight rounds. A new book, "Ali Rap: Muhammad Ali the First Heavyweight Champion of Rap," proclaims Ali's verbal barrage was more than self-promotion, but sowed the seeds of hip-hop, which came into being in the `70s. (AP Photo/Harold P. Matosian/FILE)
FILE - A June 18, 1963 photo from files showing world famous boxer Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay as he was then known), right, and British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper as they seem to be trying to out shout each other at weigh-in in London for their heavyweight fight the same evening. Ali holds up five fingers, the number of rounds he modestly predicts he'll knockout Cooper.Sir Henry has died aged 76, sources told Britain's Press Association Sunday May 1, 2011. He was well known for two famous clashes with Muhammad Ali in the 1960's flooring Ali in the 4th round of a 1963 non-title fight at London's Wembley, though Ali eventually won the fight. He fought Ali again in 1966 but was again beaten. (AP Photo)
British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper, right, is pictured throwing a long right to the jaw of Cassius Clay during their bout in London, England, June 18, 1963. Cooper's left eye is bloody from a cut opened by Clay in the third round. The American boxer from Louisville was downed by Cooper in the fourth round, but was saved by the bell and returned to make good on his prophesy by stopping Cooper in the fifth. (AP Photo)
Boxer Cassius Clay lifts Ringo Starr, one of the Beatles into the air while the singers visited Clay's camp in Miami Beach, Fla. , February 18, 1964. Others are, from left: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon. (AP Photo)
Boxer Eddie Machen, left, aims a fist toward the open mouth of Cassius Clay, Feb. 22, 1964 in Miami Beach as the pair engaged in a friendly verbal exchange. Their paths crossed at the Miami Beach Convention Hall where Clay and heavyweight champion Sonny Liston meet on Tuesday night. Machen lost a 12-round decision to Liston in 1960 and is the last boxer to go the full route with him. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay at the time, strikes a familiar pose as he shouts "I am the greatest," as he leaves the ring, arms raised, following his defeat of former heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Fla., February 25, 1964. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay, as he was known at the time, is shown during the heavyweight title fightagainst Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Fla., Feb. 25, 1964.The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay, right, as he was known at the time, is shown in action against Sonny Liston during the heavyweight title fight in Miami Beach, Fla., Feb. 25, 1964.The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay as he was known at the time, whips a right to the head of ducking champ Sonny Liston during the first round of the heavyweight title fight in Miami Beach, Fla., Feb. 25, 1964. (AP Photo)
Challenger Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay as he was known at the time, pokes a fast left jab to the face of Sonny Liston during their championship heavyweight fight in Miami Beach, Fla., Feb 25, 1964. Clay used the in and out tactics to gain a TKO in the seventh round after Liston strained a shoulder and suffered a bad gash under the left eye. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay, left, as he was known at the time, is shown in action against Sonny Liston during the heavyweight title fight in Miami Beach, Fla., Feb. 25, 1964. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. (AP Photo)
US-American boxer Muhammad Ali (former Cassius Clay) gets his teeth checked, in Boston, USA, October 9, 1964. (AP Photo/Str) --- Der US-amerikanische Boxer Muhammad Ali (frueher Cassius Clay) bei einer zahnaerztlichen Untersuchung in Boston, USA, am 9. Oktober 1964. (AP Photo/Str)
World Heavyweight Champion Cassius Clay, right, gestures at a press conference at his training camp, May 4, 1965, Chicopee, Mass. Clay will meet ex-titlist Sonny Liston in a rematch scheduled for May 25 at Boston Garden. Clay refused to name the round in which he predicts he will knock out Liston. At left is Stepin Fetchit, former stage and screen star. (AP Photo)
World Heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali, on scales, leans over to tickle British Challenger Henry Cooper under the arm during the Weigh-in of the two boxers at Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London, on May 21, 1966 for World Title Fight at Highbury Stadium, London. On Cooper?s left is Ted Waltham, Secretary British Boxing Board of Control. (AP Photo/Tewkesbury)
With blood pouring from the gash above his left eye, British boxer Henry Cooper tries to avoid further damage from World Heavyweight Champion Cassius Clay during the sixth round of their world title fight at Highbury Stadium, London, on Mat 21, 1966. The referee stopped the fight in the sixth round with Clay retaining his title. (AP Photo)
World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trains on the punching bag at a gymnasium in London, England, on Aug. 3, 1966. The American boxer is training for his title bout with Brian London of Britain on Aug. 6. (AP Photo)
U.S. american boxer Muhammad Ali, former Cassius Clay, is surrounded by the press after arriving at Frankfurt am Main's, West Germany, International Airport August 30, 1966. Ali will fight German Boxer Karl Mildenberger September 10th here in Frankfurt. (AP Photo/Stf)
Winner Muhammad Ali, right, is offered a drink from water bottle by Oscar Bonavena at news conference following their 15-round fight in New York?s Madison square garden on Dec. 7, 1970. Ali knocked out the Argentine heavyweight in the fifteenth round. (AP Photo)
Boxer Muhammad Ali is shown pile driving a right to the face of Oscar Bonavena in the third round of their bout at Madison Square Garden, New York City on December 7, 1970. Ali, returning after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction regarding dodging the draft in June, knocked Bonavena down 3 times in the 15th round before finally winning the fight in a technical knockout. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali delivers a hard right to Jerry Quarry on October 26, 1970 in a scheduled 15 round fight at Atlanta, Ga. Ali was declared the winner after Quarry didn't answer the bell for the fourth round. Quarry had a gash over his left eye that required 11stitches to close. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr.)
Speaking at a press conference in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 25, 1970, deposed world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali "Cassius Clay" said he might fight Jerry Quarry in New York if Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox succeeds in halting the scheduled Atlanta bout. (AP Photo/Charles Kolenovsky)
Muhammad Ali, right, lands a right to the chin of Orvill Qualle of Chicago during their three round exhibition in Detroit on June 15, 1967. The boxers wore headgear and wore 16-ounce gloves in the fracas. Clay took on two opponents for three rounds each. There were no knockdowns. (AP Photo/PS)
Muhammad Ali is seen outside the Federal Building in Houston after he heard a federal judge tell him to refile his plea to avoid the draft after his scheduled induction, April 27, 1967. Ali had a "no comment," to questions asked on all subjects. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)
Heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali poses during weigh-in for his bout with Zora Folley at New York's Madison Square Garden, March 22, 1967. (AP Photo)
Boxer Muhammad Ali crouches on the canvas as Joe Frazier circles in background (not seen) after Ali slipped during the 11th round of their title fight, March 8, 1971, New York. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali, left, during fight with George Foreman, red shorts, in Kinshasa, Zaire, October 30, 1974. Ali won the fight in Africa by a knock out in the 8th round. (AP Photo)
Former heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali carries his son, Muhammad Ali, Jr., on his shoulders, Aug. 24, 1974, as he points toward the building in Cherry Hill, N.J., where the family will reside temporarily while they search for land to build a home on. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1974, file photo, Muhammad Ali, left, and Joe Frazier fight in a 12-round non-title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier is seriously ill with liver cancer. His personal and business manager says Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, the 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and is under hospice care. (AP Photo, File)
** FILE ** Trevor Berbick, left, and Muhammad Ali seem to have an equal reach as they slug it out during a Friday night boxing match in this Dec. 12, 1981 file photo in Nassau, Bahamas. Berbick, who lost his heavyweight title to Mike Tyson and was the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali, was found dead Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, in a church courtyard in Kingston, Jamaica, police said. He was 52. (AP Photo)

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