Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali turns 70

Jan 17, 2012 at 5:38 p.m. ET

Boxing's greatest athlete celebrates turning 70 with friends and family in Kentucky.

Muhammed Ali

Professional athletes, musicians and supporters joined Muhammad Ali this past Saturday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky at a private birthday bash.

Held at the Muhammad Ali Center, family and friends rallied around the Olympic Gold Medalist in a show of love and admiration to celebrate his seventieth birthday.

The event, which was closed to the press, doubled as a fundraiser for the Center and was the start of "Seven Days for Seven Decades," a series of community events to highlight the life of the man who is known for his agility, poise and skill in the ring.

Despite his fight against Parkinson's disease for the better part of three decades, Ali donned a suit and tie for the occasion and waved to the crowd of partygoers.

No stranger to the spotlight, Ali has been the recipient of multiple awards throughout his career for his humanitarian efforts, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The philanthropist has been married three times and is father to nine children, including Laila Ali, a professional boxer in her own right.

Cheers to you, Muhammad Ali! After 70 years, you're still "The Greatest."

Photo courtesy: WENN