A man throws a rose over the hearse carrying the remains of Muhammad Ali during the funeral procession for the three-time heavyweight boxing champion in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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A hearse bearing Ali's cherry-red casket, draped in an Islamic tapestry, arrived at Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery in a long line of black limousines after a 19-mile drive via Muhammad Ali Boulevard that was both somber and exuberant.Ali, the most magnetic and controversial athlete of the 20th century, died last Friday at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.Ali chose the cemetery as his final resting place a decade ago.Family spokesman Bob Gunnell said he would have a simple headstone, inscribed only "Ali," in keeping with Islamic tradition. Ali himself decided years ago that his funeral would be open to ordinary fans, not just VIPs.Gunnell said that Tyson was upset about Ali's death and wasn't sure if he could handle the memorial, but ended up catching a late flight.A sightseeing company began tours of Ali's path through the city.City buses flashed "Ali – The Greatest" in orange lights.
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