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Muhammad Ali funeral: Tens of Thousands to Say Farewell in Louisville + His Wife, Lonnie


Tens of thousands of people are set to say a final farewell to boxing legend Muhammad Ali in his home city of Louisville in Kentucky.

The heavyweight champion and rights activist died last Friday aged 74.

A procession will take Ali's body past key sites in his life, ahead of an interfaith memorial service.

The motorcade procession was due to begin at about 09:30 local time (13:30 GMT) and take the coffin past his childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage and then down Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

The procession, expected to take about 90 minutes, will end at the Cave Hill Cemetery where Ali will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.

The funeral service at the KFC Yum! Centre will begin at 14:00 local time.

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Lonnie: Muhammad Ali Was Her First, and Greatest, Love


(Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) and Lonnie Williams (later Ali) in Louisville in 1963, when he was 21 and she was 6.)

In their 30 years of marriage, friends said in interviews, Lonnie was a doting wife but also a hard-nosed M.B.A. who managed Ali’s affairs with steely determination. She protected Ali’s health and wealth, both of which were in sharp decline when they married. Friends said that, by all indications, the couple enjoyed a deep bond. They managed to avoid the harsh tabloid parsing of their marriage common among celebrities.


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