Muhammad Ali’s family has moved to dismiss claims the 71-year-old is at death's door by tweeting a picture of the boxing legend enjoying the Super Bowl.
Ali's daughter May May said she had spoken to her father in the morning ahead of the big game and said he was fine despite claims made by the former boxer's 69-year-old brother Rahman Ali.
In an interview with The Sun the junior Ali said his brother was "in a bad way", could no longer speak or recognise him and suggested he could be dead within days.
Rahman said he last saw his brother in July at the Sports for Peace Gala in London and is only allowed to speak to him over the phone.
He said that before his recent deterioration Ali had grabbed his arm and whispered: "I've achieved everything I've ever wanted to accomplish. Don't cry for me, I'm in no pain."
May May Ali said "these rumours pop up every once in a while but there's nothing to them."
Ali family spokesman Bob Gummel also rejected the claims saying Ali looked great and was "having a Super Bowl party".
The tweeted picture of the man known as 'the greatest' shows Ali sitting in a chair wearing a Baltimore Ravens shirt with his fists raised.
Ali has suffered from Parkinson's disease since 1984 and appeared frail at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic last year when his wife helped him across the stage.
His most recent public health scare was December, 2011, when the champion was taken to hospital and treated for dehydration after falling unconscious.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry