Today Muhammad Ali is laid to rest.
After a nearly 20-mile long procession through the late boxer’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky — the family and mourners alike gathered in the KFC Yum! Center to honor the life and legacy of the athlete.
As you know, Ali passed away last Friday at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Thousands of fans lined the streets as the procession took the coffin past Ali’s childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage, and then finally down Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
Will Smith and ex-boxers Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were honored with being pallbearers for the service. Tyson decided last minute to attend the funeral after concerns he would be “too emotional.” So sad.
Following the ceremony, the family – including Ali’s nine children, wife, and two ex-wives — will gather for a private burial at Cave Hill cemetery.
What a powerful day, and even more important, a powerful legacy.
You can see pictures from the monumental event (below):
R.I.P. Muhammad Ali.
To watch the live stream from the funeral service, click HERE.
[Image via WENN.]