Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali passed away from septic shock on June 3 at the age of 74.  Funeral services will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and will include a procession and private burial.  Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among eight pallbearers in the services.

Smith was nominated for Best Actor by the Academy Awards for his portrayal of Ali in Michael Mann’s 2001 biopic “Ali.”

Lewis, like Ali, was both a former heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist.

Smith and Lewis will be joined as pallbearers by John Grady, Ali’s cousin; Ibn Ali, Ali’s nephew; Komawi Ali, Ali’s former brother-in-law; Jerry Ellis, brother of Jimmy Ellis, who was Ali’s former sparring partner and also a former heavyweight champion; Jan Wadell, Ali’s first cousin; and John Ramsey, Ali’s family friend.

Later in the day, a public memorial at the KFC Yum! Center. It will be held at 2 p.m. ET, with 15,000 tickets available at the arena’s box office starting Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Friday’s services will follow a Thursday prayer service at Louisville’s Freedom Hall arena, which starts at noon ET. The Freedom Hall box office will open Tuesday at 10 a.m., with a maximum of four tickets per request.

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source: ESPN