UPDATE: The livestream will resume again when the memorial service begins at 2 p.m. ET.
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Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest in a funeral service in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, June 10. The Associated Press began live-streaming the procession at 9 a.m. ET; the memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. ET.
The service is open to 15,000 members of the public who claimed free tickets to the event when they were released on Wednesday, June 8. Thousands of fans lined up, but all the tickets were gone within an hour and many left empty-handed, the AP reports. Those who aren’t able to attend can watch the livestream above.
Former president Bill Clinton, actor Billy Crystal and news anchor Bryant Gumbel will deliver eulogies at the funeral. Will Smith, who played the boxing great in the 2001 movie Ali, and Britain’s former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will serve as pallbearers, along with family and close friends.
Before his death, Ali had planned out some of the details for his funeral service. “Muhammad is directing all of this, and he’s enjoying every minute of it,” family spokesman Bob Gunnell told the AP. “Muhammad wanted this to be a free event, an event that was open to all.”
The three-time world heavyweight champion passed away at age 74 on Friday, June 3, from septic shock. Prior to his death, he was hospitalized for a respiratory issue, Gunnell confirmed to ESPN on Thursday, June 2.
Ali, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, retired from the boxing ring in 1981. A few years later, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 42 in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Yolanda Williams, his seven daughters and his two sons.
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