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Muhammad Ali's funeral to be streamed live across the world

2016-06-05 15:14
 

Los Angeles - Muhammad Ali's funeral will be live-streamed to a worldwide audience.

The boxing legend - who died on Friday at the age of 74 from "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes" - will be remembered with a public service at the KFC Yum! Centre in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, 10 June and the memorial will stream on the centre's website.

His family will hold a private ceremony the day before and he will be buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

Family spokesman Bob Gunnell said: "Muhammad Ali was truly the people's champion and the celebration will reflect his devotion to all races, religions, and backgrounds.

"Muhammad's extraordinary boxing career only encompassed half of his life. The other half was committed to sharing a message of people and inclusion with the world.

"Following his wishes, his funeral will reflect those principles and be a celebration open to everyone. He was a citizen of the world and would want people from all walks of life to be able to attend his funeral.

"Lonnie (his wife) and the entire Ali family invite everyone to join them for the celebration in Muhammad's home town of Louisville, Kentucky."

Former US President Bill Clinton will deliver a eulogy while comedian Billy Crystal and sports journalist Bryant Gumbel are also expected to speak.

The three-time world heavyweight champion died in Phoenix, Arizona, and his body will be flown to his hometown of Kentucky in the next few days.

Ali, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, planned the details of his funeral which will be an interfaith memorial service in the Muslim tradition, in keeping with his beliefs.

Mr Gunnell said: "The service, the funeral plans were done years ago by Mr Ali who discussed them personally.

"All family members were having a tough time. They had a full day to say farewell to Muhammad. All family members. All daughters and his son were in attendance and his wife.

"They were able to get quality time with him to say their final goodbyes. It was a solemn moment. The champ would have been very proud of his family."

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