Today is the day the world bids farewell to ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali.
As reported by the BBC, thousands have lined the streets of Ali’s home city, Louisville, Kentucky, to pay their respects to the heavyweight champion boxer.
A procession will take Ali’s body past numerous sites key to his life, before an interfaith memorial service will take place at 2pm – 6pm (GMT) – in front of 18,000 fans in a sports arena.
Free tickets for the service were snapped up after just half an hour as fans clamoured for the opportunity to pay homage to the talismanic boxer.
Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, and Will Smith will serve as pallbearers, while former U.S. President Bill Clinton will deliver a eulogy.
President Barack Obama is reportedly unable to attend due to the graduation of his daughter Malia.
But he did say in a video message:
This week we lost an icon. A person who for African Americans, I think, liberated their minds in recognising that they could be proud of who they were.
Those who could not get a ticket for the service have instead taken to the streets to say goodbye to their idol.
— Thomas Linder (@TDtommy77) June 10, 2016
The scenes are a touching reminder of what Ali meant to the world.
— Karenk (@Rens2) June 10, 2016
Ali had been admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties last Friday, but as a sufferer of Parkinson’s syndrome there were complications which ultimately led to his death.
He passed away with an incredible record of 61 fights, 56 wins, and 37 knockouts.
Our thoughts go out to friends, family, and the millions of fans whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.