After battling a 32-year-old battle with Parkinson's disease, boxing legend Muhammad Ali civil rights champion died at the age of 74 after he was hospitalised on Friday at Phoenix, Arizona.

As the world bids adieu to the greatest boxing legends of all times, here are some of the images that beautifully capture the life and times of the great Muhammad Ali:

Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Champion and challenger, Henry Cooper fight at Highbury Stadium, London, for the World Heavyweight Boxing title, May 1966. The fight was stopped in the sixth round due to cut above Cooper's left eye

Muhammad Ali with his trainer Angelo Dundee ahead of his fight with Ernie Terrell at the Astrodome, Houston, February 1967

Muhammad Ali's second match with Leon Spinks, at the Louisiana Superdome, September 1978, went badly for Spinks. A now in shape Ali rarely lost control, winning back his title by a unanimous fifteen-round decision. Ali regained the title, becoming the first three-time heavyweight champion

Muhammad Ali cuddling his daughters Laila, (L)and Hana at a hotel in London, December 1978

A smiling Muhammad Ali shows his fist to reporters during an impromptu press conference in Mexico City, July 1987

Muhammad Ali is given the Courage Award by singer Whitney Houston at the GQ Men of the Year awards show, October 1998

Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie arrive at a hotel in Berlin, December 2005

Muhammad Ali accepts the President's Award accompanied by his wife Yolanda Williams at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 2009

Muhammad Ali stands with his wife Yolanda as he is introduced before the welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, May 2010

Muhammad Ali is seen with the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium, July 2012

Muhammad Ali sits in a wheelchair as he is taken to a photo session with attendees of the 50th Convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, December 2012

R.I.P. Legend

(All images sourced from Reuters)