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Laila Ali -- My Dad's Just Fine ... 'He's Sick But He's Alive'

Laila Ali My Dad's Just Fine 'He's Sick But He's Alive'

10/16/2014 5:01 PM PDT

Muhammad Ali is sick ... but he's alive ... so says the Champ's daughter Laila Ali

"He's good," Laila said at LAX on Thursday ... "Rumors about [his health] every year come out."

The latest rumors were spawned from an interview Muhammad's brother gave at a screening of "I Am Ali" last week -- where he reportedly said the 72-year-old icon is in bad shape and housebound. 

But Laila says there has NOT been a drastic change in her father's condition recently -- explaining, "He is sick, but he's alive."

FYI -- Muhammad was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984 and his health has been in a steady decline ever since. 

As we previously reported, Ali hung out with boxing champ Andre Berto back in April -- and Berto told us he was alert, intelligent and rooting for Kentucky to win the NCAA tourney.

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