Ali Family Releases Memorial Service Details - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ali Family Releases Memorial Service Details

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.

"May he rest in peace and I hope he says hello to my daddy up there because my daddy was a fan," Muhammad Ali fan, Stephanie Hickman said.

Muhammad Ali fans from all over the world and all walks of life are paying their respects to the Greatest of All Time by creating a memorial at the Ali Center.

“I'm shaking talking about it, but it was like being in the presence of greatness,” Muhammad Ali fan, Brian Abbott said.  

The Louisville Lip is being remembered as a fighter, not just in the ring, but a fighter for justice and world peace.

“Muhammad's extraordinary boxing career only encompassed half of his life. The other half was committed to sharing a message of peace and inclusion with the world. Following his wishes, his funeral will reflect those principals and be a celebration open to everyone,” Ali family spokesperson, Bob Gunnell said.

The memorial service is scheduled for Friday at the KFC Yum! Center. The 2PM service is open to the public.

“It will be an interfaith service. It will include [people] from multiple religions,” Gunnell said.

Prior to the service on Friday, there will be a procession through the city starting at 9 o’clock AM and ending at Cave Hill Cemetery where he will be buried.

“We haven't confirmed all eulogists at this time, but eulogies will be held by President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal,” Gunnell said.

Muhammad Ali passed away Friday evening in Arizona from septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.  He was surrounded by his wife and all of his children. They'll bring him back to Louisville within the next 48 hours and hold a private ceremony for just family on Thursday.

"He will be missed so much," Hickman said.

Gunnell says there will be more details released Sunday evening regarding the week's events.

We'll have those details on WDRB News and WDRB.com as they become available.

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