Muhammad Ali’s funeral will be held Friday in Louisville
Muhammad Ali’s funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon in his birthplace of Louisville, Kentucky, a family spokesman announced Saturday.
The spokesman told the Associated Press on Saturday that Ali died at 9:10 p.m. Friday of septic shock, “due to unspecified natural causes.”
According to the spokesman, Ali “was a citizen of the world” and wanted people from all walks of life to be able to attend the services, which will be held at the KFC Yum! Center at 2 p.m. ET. It will be translated and streamed for online viewing.
Former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel will be among those giving eulogies.
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Ali entered the hospital on June 2 to be treated for a respiratory issue. He died with his family at his side as his conditioned worsened. Born Cassius Clay, Ali was widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time. His legacy in the ring and out, as a three-time heavyweight champion and powerful activist, made him one of the most iconic and well-known Americans ever.