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The older of two boys, he was named for his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., was named in honor of the 19th century abolitionist and politician . He had a sister and four brothers, including Nathaniel Clay. Clay's paternal grandparents were John Clay and Sallie Anne Clay; Clay's sister Eva quoted that Sallie was a native of Madagascar. His father painted billboards and signs, and his mother, Odessa O'Grady Clay, was a house wife. He is a descendant of pre-Civil War era American slaves in the American South, and is predominantly of African-American descent, with Irish, English, and Italian ancestry.
Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons. Ali met his first wife, cocktail waitress Sonji Roi, approximately one month before they married on August 14, 1964. Roi's objections to certain Muslim customs in regard to dress for women contributed to the breakup of their marriage. They divorced on January 10, 1966.
On August 17, 1967, Ali married Belinda Boyd. After the wedding, she, like Ali, converted to Islam and more recently to Sufism,changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family. They had four children: Maryum (born 1968), twins Jamillah and Rasheda (born 1970), and Muhammad Ali, Jr. (born 1972).
In 1975, Ali began an affair with Veronica Porsche, an actress and model. By the summer of 1977, Ali's second marriage was over and he had married Veronica. At the time of their marriage, they had a baby girl, Hana, and Veronica was pregnant with their second child. Their second daughter, Laila, was born in December 1977. By 1986, Ali and Veronica were divorced.
On November 19, 1986, Ali married Yolanda ("Lonnie") Williams. They had been friends since 1964 in Louisville. They have one son, Asaad Amin, whom they adopted when Amin was five months old.
Ali has two other daughters, Miya and Khaliah, from extramarital relationships.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984, a disease that is common to head trauma from activities such as boxing.
He died 3 June 2016 of respiratory failure in Pheonix, Arizona, USA.
On 17 Dec 2017 at 20:26 GMT Stephen McCallum wrote:
Sonji Roi (m. 1964; div. 1966) Belinda Boyd (m. 1967; div. 1977) Veronica Porché Ali (m. 1977; div. 1986) Yolanda Williams (m. 1986) Children 9, including Laila Ali Parent(s) Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. Odessa Grady Clay
On 15 Sep 2017 at 02:10 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:
Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 84-85, Harper Collins Publishing
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