CWEB.com – Muhammad Ali surprised Stallone at the Academy Awards in 1977, which was the same year Stallone was nominated for his role in “Rocky.” Ali died in Phoenix on Friday after battling Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a devastating disease that I have seen happen to several people that I know and it stole much of their life. Muhammad Ali had a very full life before it started stealing his ability to communicate and function normally. He was an amazing man of convictions and humor. May he rest in peace.