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Published: Sun, June 05, 2016
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Muhammad Ali's funeral set for next week in Louisville

Muhammad Ali's funeral set for next week in Louisville

BOXING legend Muhammad Ali is to have a funeral in Louisville, Kentucky this week, his family have confirmed.

Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome, died at 9.10pm local time on Friday, spokesman Bob Gunnell said at a press conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, not far from the facility where Ali was hospitalised for a respiratory issue.

The funeral ceremony will be available via live stream over the internet.

President Bill Clinton, sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and actor Billy Crystal will help eulogize The Greatest.

"A rather large funeral procession will take Muhammad Ali through the streets of Louisville to allow anyone that is there from the world to say goodbye", Gunnell said.

One of Muhammad Ali's daughters is describing her father's last moments, saying his heart wouldn't stop beating for 30 minutes after all of his other organs failed.

"Muhammad Ali was clearly the people's champion", Gunnell said, "and the celebration will reflect his devotion to people of all races, religions and backgrounds".

Haye never met Ali but insists the time he spoke to him over the phone three years ago remains among his fondest memories, and that his eight-year-old son has already been made aware of whom it is he has been named after.

Harry Black, president and head coach of Pan Am Boxing, said Ali's spirit will live on through the sport of boxing.

Now, we are hearing more about the man in the final years of his life.

Muhammad Ali died from septic shock.

In March 2015, Ali released a statement that said, in part, "I am sorry that I can not be physically present to lend my support in person but I pray my words will provide relief to the efforts to secure the release of Jason Rezaian".

In his own emotional tribute Obama revealed he keeps a pair of Ali's gloves in his private study at the White House, and said the world was fortunate that "the Greatest chose to grace our time".

News of Muhammad Ali's death is being heard around the world, but it has special meaning here in Central New York.

"We are proud to call Ali not only a member of Team USA, but an Olympic champion".

People started lining up at 2 a.m. Saturday to see his childhood home, which opened as a museum in early May.

"I got to tell him how much I cared about him".

But that is not the only reason the world will miss Muhammad Ali. (N) o (it was) his beauty that beat me.

Ali, who changed his name from Cassius Clay to throw off what he saw as the yoke of slavery, first came to prominence when he won gold at the age of 18 at the 1960 Rome Olympics in the heavyweight division. Ali fought at Capital Centre in 1976 against Jimmy Young and a year later against Alfredo Evangelista.

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