Less than a year ago the great boxer Muhammad Ali passed on, as the whole world remembers and still mourns this boxing legend. His daughter Laila is spreading the word about this great sportsman and humanitarian on many different media venues today. She says she still misses him but has accepted the fact that his father the champ finally met his match in Parkinson’s disease -- which he fought for 35 years -- and she is sure he is now in a better place. 9zest, an app created specifically to help treat Parkinson’s disease shares Laila’s mission to help Parkinson’s patients to live better. Laila talked to reporters this weekend during the premier of her first movie role in the film ‘Gun.’ She plays a reporter. The film premiered at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
The inimitable boxer passed away back in June of 2016, from complications of a respiratory infection that put him in the hospital. He died at the age of 74. Laila told reporters that her memories of him are so strong that she still thinks of him in the present tense, although she’s glad that he has finally gone to a place where his physical disabilities will have disappeared. She noted that the last years of his life were not very satisfactory for a man who loved to communicate with the world with words and deeds, because he could no longer do either.
Laila says her father gave her the faith to believe that they will meet again in a better world, and that her dad is probably very busy, and happy, right now boxing and doing all sorts of other work that he so enjoyed in his life here on earth. “I know he’s happy again” she said.
Laila is currently enjoying her celebrity as a television host, writer, actress, podcast lifestyler, and busy mother of two children. She told reporters that she is looking forward to meeting with all of her siblings to celebrate her father’s rich legacy on Father’s Day, coming up on June 18th. She plans on turning her next podcast into a memorial honoring the memory of Muhammad Ali, and is hoping that all her sisters will join her for the podcast. Her normal podcast material concerns parenting and lifestyle awareness training. Laila also wanted to tell reporters that there is no truth to the rumor that she and her eight siblings have been fighting over her father’s estate. She calls such rumors and online innuendo “just plain tabloid nonsense.”
Laila told journalists that there is some boxing in her blood, inherited from her father. Although she does not work out as a boxer professionally, her new movie, ‘Gun,’ is about the world of boxing. The movie’s protagonist is a veteran fighter with a drinking problem who struggles for a comeback in the ring to avenge his son, who is also a boxer and has been blinded in the ring due to an unfortunate accident. Laila says her part in the film is sympathetic but tough -- just the way she remembers her father.
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. He began his boxing trainer as an amateur at the age of 12. In 1964 he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, considering his birth name to be an undesirable reminder of pre-Civil War slavery. He was prominent in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, and counted Martin Luther King as one of his close personal friends.