World leaders, celebrities to pay final tribute to Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali's wife Lonnie Ali speaks during his memorial service

Nicole Trammell, a Louisville native, said Ali was much more than a fighter. "It's so emotional just being in Louisville, coming into Ali Center and just seeing the banners", said Bill Seigel, a documentary filmmaker. Religious and cultural leaders also spoke. Center to witness a memorial service that was attended by over 300 dignitaries, including President Bill Clinton, who eulogized the Kentucky native.

"While he and I had a treasured relationship the genius of his love was through the love for my father", added Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter.

The former USA president described the boxing legend as a man who "decided very young to write his own life story".

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During his eulogy at a packed sports stadium in the city, Mr Clinton said: "I remember thinking when I was a kid, this guy is so smart".

So many powerful moments, great quotes from Muhammad Ali's life.

"I knew somebody was there because of all the excitement, but I couldn't believe it when I came face to face with him", he said.

He was sitting next to actor and comedian Billy Crystal, who also delivered a eulogy. Tolliver said she shared a warm, three-year friendship with Ali when he lived in Chicago during the 1970s.

On Friday morning, it was time to say a final good bye.

It became what Ali always called Crystal.

Years ago, Ali indicated that when the end came, "he wanted us to use his life and his death as a teaching moment for young people, for his country and for the world", his wife said Friday.

"He is gone, but he will never die", Crystal concluded.

"There's not a lot to do in Louisville, so we went to the museum", said Paul, now 60, of St James Road in Belvidere, Shrewsbury.

He then talks about "the Ali magic" - the boxer's ability to connect with people. "A person who for African Americans, I think, liberated their minds in recognizing that they could be proud of who they were".

When Ramsey later praised Ali's courtesy and thoughtfulness by saying, "Muhammad, you're the greatest", the boxing legend's answer was simple: "Man, tell me something I don't already know".

She said: "We all have the same god, we just serve him differently - rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names but they all contain water".

"As a family, we thank the millions of people who through the miracle of social media, inspired by their love for Muhammad, have reached out to us with their prayers", she said.

The senator related a story about a Utah radio host constantly berating him who asked if he could arrange for Ali to meet with Utahn and former middleweight champion Gene Fullmer in a joint interview.

In the letter, Obama notes that at 4 a.m., after Ali had lost the fight an attendant at the boxing ring told a reporter that he had bet on Ali, despite the long odds against him. I was drafted in the U.S. Army, a few months later in 1966 (about 46,000 men were being drafted monthly). "What a joyous, mightiful champion", Jarrett said.

"My father appreciates the role that Will Smith played".

"It's the biggest event in the history of the city of Louisville", longtime radio personality Tony Vanetti said on the radio Thursday.



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