On Friday,Â Muhammad Ali memorial service is about to begin inside the packed arena in Louisville, where Bill Clinton will eulogize the champ!!!
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Muhammad Ali arrived at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, where the boxing great was laid to rest in a private ceremony.
While more than 15,000 people have filled the Yum! Center gathering outside to watch on big screens. The interfaith service is scheduled to begin at 11 AM PT, but guests will begin filing in well before that.
The procession began around 10:35 a.m. ET, about 65 minutes after its scheduled start of 9:30 a.m., and arrived at the cemetery around 12:50 p.m. Seventeen cars made up the procession, including the hearse carrying Ali.
Fans cheered like spectators at one of his fights, pumped their fists, stood on cars, held up cellphones, signs and T-shirts, tossed flowers, and scattered rose petals as the champ went by. Truckers honked their horns in salute. Others looked on quietly and reverently.
Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said the massive turnout is proof of Ali’s role as a unifier. Holyfield said Ali is “probably up above, looking down and seeing all the different races come together.”
The procession alone was filled with emotional outpourings from fans. Expect even more during the service.
In addition to President Clinton … Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel are expected to speak. Keep watching here to see all the speeches.
Will Smith, Lenox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was a last-minute addition as pallbearer for Ali. It was reported that Tyson took a red-eye flight from Las Vegas to be in Louisville on Friday, according to Gunnell.
Goodbye Mr. Ali, you will always be the greatest of all time!