Laila Ali Remembers Her Father Muhammad Ali One Year After His Death

June 3, 2017  |  

Laila Ali

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali last summer (June 4, 2016) was one that shook the entire world. Nearly a year after ending his longtime fight with Parkinson’s disease, his daughter Laila Ali has come forward to celebrate his fruitful legacy.

Laila, one of Ali’s nine children, who is an author, television personality, and fellow boxer, told Essence Magazine that her father was someone “who really stayed true to himself” and “believed” in what he stood for.

She also shared her gratitude for the unwavering support from friends, family, and even strangers who appreciated his efforts not only as a professional boxer but a civil rights activist. However, Ali explained that the amount of recognition and tribute didn’t surprise her at all.

“My father, no matter where he would go, he would bring people to tears … so I wasn’t really surprised by the outpouring that there was when he passed away. But it was appreciated that people cared so much,” Ali continued.

Aside from musing about conversations she shared with her father, Laila plans to continue to share Muhammad’s legacy with her debut cookbook, Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food From My Table To Yours!

With a slated publish date of January 2018, the book offers over 100, real-life recipes that are delicious. From Stovetop Ratatouille to Oven-“Fried” Chicken, West Coast Southern Greens and Heavenly Lemon Yogurt Cake, there’s something for everyone to try their hand at in the kitchen.

“My father and I both have always had a love affair with tasty homemade meals and comfort foods. Another thing my father loved was a great burger at some of the local burger joints he encountered during his worldwide travels. So when my dad was still alive and well, to surprise him during one of my trips to visit him in Arizona, I shared with him that I named one of his favorite burgers after him. It’s called ‘The Ali Burger,” Ali said.

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