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Your first look at Muhammad Ali’s pallbearers

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Muhammad Ali’s casket is currently making its way through Louisville on the 19-mile procession route, and as video leaks out on social media, we got our first look at Ali’s famous pallbearers. Actor Will Smith, who portrayed The Greatest in the 2001 biopic, “Ali,” and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis are among the eight pallbearers, along with John Grady, Ali’s cousin; Ibn Ali, Ali’s nephew; Komawi Ali, Ali’s former brother-in-law; Jerry Ellis, brother of Jimmy Ellis, who was Ali’s former sparring partner and also a former heavyweight champion; Jan Wadell, Ali’s first cousin; and John Ramsey, Ali’s family friend.

Here’s a video of the pallbearers putting the casket in the hearse ahead of the procession this morning:

And Smith hanging out the window to high five fans:

And some more pictures from the procession route:

My favorite, a young fan dressed as Ali:

And a woman scattering flower petals along the entrance to Cave Hill Cemetery, where Ali’s body will be buried:

Brian Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

UPDATE: As RealCatsFan mentions in the comments section, Mike Tyson was added as an honorary pallbearer after his last-minute decision to attend the funeral. Tyson told Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell that he was highly emotional about Ali’s death, but decided he needed to be a part of the services, taking the red-eye from Las Vegas to Louisville this morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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2 Comments for Your first look at Muhammad Ali’s pallbearers



  1. RealCatsFan
    12:18 pm June 10, 2016 Permalink

    I thought they announced that Mike Tyson was also flying in this morning to be a pall bearer…