Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr Biography
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. was an American musician and painter. He was the father of three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and his brother, Rahman Ali, and the grandfather of Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter. He married Odessa Lee O’Grady in 1933.
His family and colleagues described him as “a handsome, mercurial, noisy, combative, failed-dreamer” and a “skirt-chasing dandy of a daddy”.His son Muhammad Ali said he was “the fanciest dancer in Louisville”.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr Age
He was born on November 11, 1912, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States of America and died on February 8th, 1990 at the age of 77 years in Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr Nationality
Clay’s grandparents were John Clay and Sallie Anne Clay (paternal). His sister, Eva, said that Sallie was a native of Madagascar. He was named after the 19th-century staunch abolitionist and Republican politician, by the same name, also from the state of Kentucky.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr Family
He is the son of the late Herman H. Clay (March 1876 – February 1, 1954) and Edith E. Greathouse (December 1890 – December 30, 1971). His Paternal Grandparents were believed to be natives of Madagascar. He is the father of the three-time heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali and his brother, Rahman Ali.Cassius Clay Sr
His family often described him as a heavy drinker and a skirt chaser who was not responsible for his family.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr Career
Clay was a painter and he painted billboards and signs. He also played the piano, took piano lessons and wrote music. His family would often say that he was a dreamer who never achieved anything.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr Death
He died at the age of 77 on February 8, 1990, after suffering a heart attack while leaving a department store in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States of America. He had had prior health problems before the attack.