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THE KING OF THE RING MUHAMMAD ALI

THOUSANDS GATHER TO BID FAREWELL TO ‘THE GREATEST’
Chants of “Ali! Ali!” ring out as the cortege passes the beloved boxer’s childhood home in a poignant procession. Fans have paid their own tributes since his death – this pair of boxing gloves (above, inset) was placed on a memorial at the Muhammad Ali Center in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, where the funeral was held
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‘He was the people’s champ so he wanted everyone to be able to attend’

World leaders, celebrities and thousands of fans gathered to say goodbye to one of the world’s greatest sportsmen and best-known figures last week when a memorial service was held for Muhammad Ali, who died at 74 having battled Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years. Crowds of people descended on the champion’s home town of Louisville, Kentucky, for last Friday’s funeral procession and public memorial interfaith service, which was, in accordance with Ali’s wishes, “open to the whole world” and screened live online.

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