What to Know About Parkinson’s Disease After Muhammad Ali’s Death

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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died on Friday at 74, decades after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He had recently been admitted to a hospital in Arizona with serious respiratory issues, and family members rushed to his bedside as his condition deteriorated.

The Associated Press offers some answers to common questions about Parkinson’s:

Q: What is Parkinson’s?

A: Parkinson’s is a neurologic disease that robs people of control over their movements. It typically starts with tremors, and is characterized by slow movement, a shuffling gait, stiff limbs, balance problems and slurred speech.

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