MUHAMMED ALI: Wife, nine children and brother start battle over his $80m fortune

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Muhammad Ali was last pictured in public just weeks ago, posing for the camera with country singer Carrie Underwood at his annual Celebrity Fight Night.

The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer, dressed up in a white shirt and bow-tie, is seen in the photo holding Underwood’s hand.

The self-proclaimed ‘Greatest’ died aged 74 late on Friday following a 32-year-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Underwood was a featured guest at this year’s Celebrity Fight Night, held on April 9 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The event, where tickets go from $1,000 to $5,000, has raised more than $118million (£81million) for The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in 20 years.

But even as President Barack Obama led the tributes to the man whose personality transcended his sport, a legal fight over Ali’s estimated $80million (£55million) fortune had already begun.

His four wives and at least nine children of the 74-year-old are set to be drawn into an unseemly scrap over his money, with other allegedly illegitimate offspring also likely to stake their claim. ‘It will be an unholy fight,’ said a source familiar with Ali’s estate. ‘His fortune will only grow in death.’