Funeral for Muhammad Ali to be held Friday

The body of Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest following funeral services and a final trip through the streets of Louisville.

Bob Gunnell, a spokesperson for the Ali family, said the body of the three-time heavyweight champion will be returned to Louisville in the next 24 to 48 hours. On Thursday, June 9, a private ceremony will be held at the funeral home for family and close friends.

Services on Friday, June 10, will begin with prayers at the funeral home, followed by a large procession will take Ali through the streets of Louisville. The procession will pass by the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville before traveling along the street bearing his name into the Parkland neighborhood, the part of town where Ali was raised.

Gunnell said the procession will then head east on Broadway to Cave Hill Cemetery where Ali will laid to rest in a private service.

Following the burial, an interfaith memorial service will be held starting at 2 p.m. at KFC Yum! Center. Former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and actor Billy Crystal will be among those in attendance.

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