Muhammad Ali has died.
Ali, 74, once considered the most well-known man on the planet for his boxing prowess and outsized personality, died today in Phoenix. He’d been taken to a hospital there Tuesday suffering from a respiratory issue. In 1984, just three years after he retired from boxing, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 42.
NBC’s Lester Holt anchored a brief special report at 12:17 a.m. ET.
At 12:19, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas anchored a special report that ran more than 20 minutes. It included an obituary reported by Robin Roberts, an interview with a documentarian and friend of Ali, and clips from Ali’s career many of which included the late ABC Sports legend Howard Cosell.
KCBS anchor Paul Magers anchored a special report across CBS at 12:49 a.m. TVSpy has more on that.
MSNBC’s Brian Williams broke in at 12:16 and included guests Evander Holyfield, Matt Lauer and Bob Costas on the phone and Daily News sports writer Mike Lupica in studio. CNN’s Natalie Allen broke in at 12:28. Fox News broke in at 12:33. All three networks are continuing with live coverage.
Ali’s funeral is set for Friday in Louisville. The mayor of Louisville, Ali’s hometown, has ordered flags to half staff.
NBC’s Meet the Press has added NBC Sports’ Bob Costas and HBO Real Sports host and former Today show co-host Bryant Gumbel as guests. Gumbel will also deliver a eulogy at Ali’s funeral Friday.