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Muhammad Ali. Cassius Clay. 1968

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Will Smith, who played Muhammad Ali in his 2001 biopic, became a personal friend of the boxer during the course of the film.

They will be joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend.

According to a spokesperson of Muhammad Ali’s family, the other pallbearers will include Jerry Ellis, brother of former world heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis, John Grady (Ali’s cousin), Ibn Ali (his nephew), Komawi Ali (former brother-in-law), Jan Wadell (also cousin) and family friend John Ramsey.

Former US President Bill Clinton, who was a personal friend of Ali as well as comedian Billy Crystal, are to attend the event, where they will also deliver eulogies.

An Islamic service will be led by Imam Zaid Shakir of California.


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