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Muhammad Ali's Daughter Laila: 'We Sent Him Off in a Very Peaceful Way'


(ABC) -- Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali said her dad was surrounded by all nine of his children when he died and “sent off in a very peaceful way.”

"[We] were all at the hospital and all had the opportunity to be with him when he passed away," Ali, 38, said today on "Good Morning America." "We all were there and that doesn’t always happen, when everyone has the opportunity to be there, so that was very nice."

The world-famous boxer died Friday night at the age of 74 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Laila Ali said her sisters honored their dad's Muslim faith as he died.

"My sisters were saying Islamic prayers," she said. "It was a very peaceful time and we sent him off in a very peaceful way."

Ali had been hospitalized prior to his death for breathing issues. The boxer had fought a decades-long battle with Parkinson's disease and Laila said she felt "comfort" in knowing her dad is now at peace in his body.

"I can say that I’m obviously really sad but I’ve been sad for a long time just watching my father struggling with Parkinson’s disease," she said. "You know, you hold your head up and you say, ‘Yeah, he’s doing great,’ but I felt like he was trapped inside of his body so I have comfort in knowing that he’s not suffering anymore. So that’s what makes me feel better."

A private ceremony for Ali's family will be held later this week in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Ali's body will also be carried in a funeral procession through the city that will precede Friday's public ceremony, according to The Associated Press.

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