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World famous boxer Muhammad Ali soaked in familiar cheers and chants along with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ on Saturday night as friends and admirers celebrated his coming 70th birthday at a party in his Kentucky hometown.
As party-goers mingled in a lobby of the Muhammad Ali Center before the party, Ali walked slowly to a second-floor balcony overlooking them.
The crowd immediately began to clap, then broke into chants of ‘Ali! Ali!’ followed by singing as Ali watched for about two minutes.
The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, leaned against a rail and raised his right hand to wave to the crowd. Ali walked on his own but was at times assisted by his wife, Lonnie, and his sister-in-law. After the brief appearance, Ali went to his party.