Longtime manager of Ali dies following surgery

CHICAGO -- A longtime manager of boxer Muhammad Ali and son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad has died following heart surgery.

Jabir Herbert Muhammad was 79. His oldest son, Elijah Muhammad III, said he died Monday at University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.

"He was a man who loved his fellow man and he developed some very meaningful and positive relationships worldwide," his son said.

Muhammad was born in Detroit and lived most of his life on Chicago's South Side.

He managed Ali's boxing career from 1966 until 1981 and managed his post-fighting career for another 10 years. He went on to a career in business.

He was an adviser to Elijah Muhammad until his death in 1975. He also served as the Nation of Islam's chief business manager and established the Nation's weekly newspaper.

A Muslim prayer service will be held Wednesday, with a memorial service on Saturday.

He's survived by his wife, Amenah Antonia Muhammad, 14 children and numerous grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granchildren, his son said.