Muhammad Ali Tributes From Around the World

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When you’re the most famous person on the planet for decades, you acquire quite the following. And now, in death, Muhammad Ali is being mourned by fellow legends from all fields, all of whom were touched by his genius, his humor and his compassion.

Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, KY on Friday, June 10 at the KFC YUM! Center. Will Smith, who portrayed the Champ in the 2001 biopic Ali, will be among the pallbearers, as will former Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. The service will be open to the public and will begin at 2 pm. It will also be streamed live via Earlier that day, there will be a procession throughout Louisville to allow the general public to pay their last respects, beginning at 9 am.

Related: Muhammad Ali, The Greatest Showman of a Generation

Muhammad Ali Beatles 1964Paul McCartney (via Facebook): “Dear Muhammad Ali. I loved that man. He was great from the first day we met him in Miami, and on the numerous occasions when I ran into him over the years. Besides being the greatest boxer, he was a beautiful, gentle man with a great sense of humour who would often pull a pack of cards out of his pocket, no matter how posh the occasion, and do a card trick for you. The world has lost a truly great man. Love Paul”

Boxing promoter Don King: “He will never die. His spirit will go on forever.”

Related: Paul Simon interrupts performance of ‘The Boxer’ to tell audience of Ali’s death

Official statement from the National Press Club (excerpted): “The National Press Club collectively mourns the passing of Muhammad Ali. He was the greatest. We recognize him for his great skill as a sportsman, but he was far more than that. He was a social force who challenged and forever changed the way Americans think about race, religion, war and peace. And Muhammad Ali was an absolute gift to the news business. He loved the cameras and was quick with a quote. His picture was everywhere. His words were often like poetry: ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.’ He was an American original who was beloved by many in his country and known around the world to millions. He was the Champ.”


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