Muhammad Ali's Funeral Will Be Open to Public, Streamed Online

Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, and Bryant Gumbel will give eulogies
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 4, 2016 4:05 PM CDT
Muhammad Ali's Funeral Will Be Open to Public, Streamed Online
Young fighter Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) is seen at City Parks Gym in New York in 1962.   (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)

A family spokesperson says Muhammad Ali died of septic shock "due to unspecified natural causes," the AP reports. Bob Gunnell says Ali died Friday at 9:10pm, spending the last hour of his life surrounded by his family. His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and will be open to the public. Gunnell says Ali was a citizen of the world and he wanted people of all walks of life to be able to attend. The funeral will be translated and streamed on the internet. Eulogies will be given by former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, and Bryant Gumbel.

One of Muhammad Ali's daughters describes her father's last moments, saying his heart wouldn't stop beating for 30 minutes after all of his other organs failed. Hana Ali writes on Instagram that "no one had even seen anything like it." She says the family was surrounding Ali, hugging and kissing him, holding his hands, and chanting an Islamic prayer while his heart kept beating as his other organs failed. She calls it a "true testament to the strength of his spirit and will." (More Muhammad Ali stories.)

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