There are indications that following the demise of the world’s greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali last night, his family may be sparing for war over his £60million fortune.
The 74-year-old champion died of breathing problems a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital late on Friday night after battling Parkinson’s disease for more than 32 years.
The disease left him completely dependent on his fourth wife, Yolande (also known as Lonnie) and her sister Marilyn.
Some years ago, Ali predicted that his family may fight to get their hands on his cash. His prediction must have been drawn from the fact that when Lonnie took over running Ali’s affairs, she was quick to get rid of anyone who might look to profit from the boxing legend. And the war started.
Ali’s younger brother, Rahman, who was very close to the boxer, took possession of his house and removed some of the furniture. On hearing this, Lonnie got Rahman arrested.
According to UK’s Daily Star , Ali’s son Muhammad Ali Jr told reporters Lonnie also sabotaged his attempts to build a relationship with his father.
In the past, she has allegedly branded the star’s son a “sponger” – kicking off one time when Jr tried to make money selling a pair of Ali’s gloves.
The former boxer married four times and had nine children.
His second wife Belinda Boyd is getting ready to publish a book about their lives together.
Lonnie, whom Ali had been with longest, will now act as the executor of his will. All fingers are crossed as to the outcome of the process.