Thousands Line the Streets of Louisville to Say Final Farewell to Muhammad Ali
Mike Tyson and Will Smith served as pallbearers of Muhammad Ali’s casket as the body of the legendary boxer left a Louisville, Kentucky, funeral home Friday morning.
Thousands lined the streets of the city to say a final goodbye to its favorite son.
As 500 police officers lined the route, Ali was driven past his childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage and then down Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
Ali will be laid to rest at the Cave Hill Cemetery under a headstone that reads simply "Ali.”
As the hearse carrying The Champ’s body drove past fans, spectators shouted “Ali! Ali!” as if he was back in the ring for a title bout. It was a sound that the boxer was used to in life. In death, he is carried off by the same fanfare.
His memorial service Friday will be attended by President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumble, former boxer Lennox Lewis, the daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X, Attallah Shabazz and actor/comedian Billy Crystal inside the KFC Yum! Center arena.
18,000 free tickets were given away for the event earlier this week. All of which were gone in a half hour.
The 3-time World Heavyweight champion and civil rights activist passed away last Friday at 74 in an Arizona hospital from septic shock.
Since the mid-1980s, he has suffered from Parkinson’s disease.