Joe Frazier To Lie In State This Weekend In Philadelphia

Friday November 11th, 2011

Legendary boxer Joe Frazier, who passed away this week at the age of 67, will lie in state tomorrow and Saturday, according to Fans will be able to pay their respects to the former heavyweight champion at the Wells Fargo Center.

"This will be an opportunity for his many fans, supporters and boxing lovers from around the world to pay their final respects to Joe Frazier," Frazier’s family said in a release.

Lying in state is a tribute normally given only to former presidents, members of congress, or military commanders. Frazier was considered an important inspirational figure in his adopted hometown of Philadelphia. The city is reportedly looking into erecting a statue for the former boxing star.

has offered to pay for his funeral services.
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