Muhammad Ali dies from septic shock — 4 things to know about the infection that killed the legendary boxer

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On June 3, Muhammad Ali, a renowned American professional boxer, died of septic shock "due to unspecificied natural causes," a family spokesperson told reporters, according to CBS News.

Mr. Ali, a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, was hospitalized early last week with respiratory issues.

Here are four things to know about sepsis:

1. In the United States, there are more than 1 million sepsis cases annually.

2. Each year, sepsis kills more than 258,000 Americans.

3. Sepsis ranks as the ninth leading cause of disease-related deaths.

4. While sepsis can harm anyone with infection, those who are older, babies, very young children or have weakened immune systems are more susceptible.

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