A hearse carrying the body of the late Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 10, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II
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Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday said farewell to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, with thousands lining the streets for an emotional procession and thousands more packing a sports arena for a star-studded memorial service.The public ceremony, which began with a Koranic chant, capped two days of remembrance honoring the three-time heavyweight world champion known as "The Greatest," who died last week at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.Former president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal were to eulogize the legendary fighter, after a funeral procession through Louisville, the largest city in the southern state of Kentucky where Ali was born at a time of racial segregation.The route covering about 18 miles (30 kilometers) passed by sites important to "The Champ": his childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage -- which focuses on the lives of blacks in Kentucky -- and along Muhammad Ali Boulevard before arriving at the Cave Hill Cemetery for a hero's burial.Ali later earned global respect as a civil rights activist who preached religious tolerance, and for his public battle with a disease that ravaged his once powerful body.
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