By Adrianne Kelly | WLKY News

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

A family spokesperson has announced funeral arrangements for Muhammad Ali.

Officials said Ali became ill Monday and was taken to a hospital in Phoenix where he was initially listed in fair condition. When he took a turn for the worse, family was called in to say their goodbyes. He was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. MST Friday.

Officials said Ali’s official cause of death was septic shock due to unspecified natural causes. His body will be brought back to Louisville in 24-48 hours with family members accompanying him.

On Thursday, there will be a private ceremony for family.

On Friday, the family will gather at the funeral home for prayers. There will then be a large procession through the streets of Louisville beginning at 9 a.m. for people to say goodbye. The procession will travel northbound on Bardstown Road, westbound on the Watterson Expressway and then north on I-65 to westbound I-64 (exiting the Ninth Street ramp). It will then travel west on Muhammad Ali Boulevard to 34th Street, left on 34th Street to Broadway, making a left on Broadway. It will end at Cave Hill Cemetery with a private burial ceremony.

At 2 p.m. Friday, there will be a memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center. The service will be open to the public with limited seating. Information on tickets will be released as they become available.

The eulogy will be given by former President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal. For those unable to attend, it will be streamed live.

A young Muhammad Ali
A young Muhammad Ali

A private reception will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center for friends and guests following the service.

The Muhammad Ali Center’s president and CEO, Donald Lassere, released a statement Saturday.

“On behalf of everyone associated with the Muhammad Ali Center and everyone in the Louisville community who loved Muhammad, we want to express our deepest sympathies to his wife, Lonnie, and Muhammad’s entire family.”

The Muhammad Ali Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“The Muhammad Ali Center was created to help preserve and share the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. If you would like to express your condolences, your personal stories, or to help celebrate Muhammad’s life, please come to the Ali Center today,” officials said.

Visitors can share condolences and memories at the center and online.



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