Fans of the late Ali leave personal mementos as they pay their respects in Louisville
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The family of boxing legend Muhammad Ali prepared Sunday to accompany his body on the journey back to his hometown Louisville, ahead of a public funeral procession and service expected to draw huge crowds in honor of "The Greatest". Former President Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal are among those due to speak Friday at a memorial in a huge arena in the Kentucky city where Ali – a three-time world heavyweight champion – grew up and threw his first punches. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told AFP that the city – whose residents have left flowers, balloons and tributes at Ali's childhood home – was ready for a massive celebration to honor its most famous son.After a small family funeral Thursday, Ali's coffin will be transported Friday through the streets of Louisville, before a private burial and the public interfaith memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center.The official cause of Ali's death was septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.Ali will be buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
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