Mohammed Ali Funeral “Open to All’
Would you invite the entire world to the funeral of a loved one? Well, the Cassius Clay aka Mohammed Ali funeral is “open to all”, his family has announced.
At a press briefing held at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley, Arizona on Saturday, 2 June 2016, the family announced that the funeral would be “open to everyone”.
It is scheduled for 10 June 2016 and will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Ali was three times World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. And in his words: he “floated like a butterfly, stung like a bee”.
Born Cassius Clay, he subsequently changed his name after adopting Islam after his first title win.
Ali portrayed himself as the “people’s champion” and his opponent as a tool of the white establishment, although his entourage often included more, white faces than those of his opponents.
Ali married four times and had seven daughters and two sons.
Mohammed Ali Funeral Plans
First, the family will hold a private ceremony. Then the boxer’s body will be paraded through the streets of Louisville in a long procession so that everyone can say farewell to the much-loved boxing hero and philanthropist.
The route will take in the Mohammed Ali Blvd. to his childhood home.
Ali’s family plans then to bury his body at a private ceremony.
The family has arranged an interfaith service to take place after that in Louisville. And expected to deliver eulogies will be Pres. Bill Clinton, journalist Bryant Gumbel and the comedian Billy Crystal.
The funeral will also stream live worldwide on the internet.
How Mohammed Ali Died
Ali died on Friday, 3 June 2016 from septic shock arising from his debilitated condition. Previously Ali had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for 32 years before his death. Over the years, he had repeated health scares, but he always managed to fight back and defeat the disease.
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