Hundreds of Muhammad Ali fans spend hours standing in line for tickets to a memorial service for the late boxer in his hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO RPEORTER NARRATION). STORY: Hundreds of people gathered outside of Louisville's Freedom Hall on Tuesday (June 7) to secure tickets for Thursday's Islamic Funeral Prayer service in honor of Muhammad Ali. A line formed with people anxious to get the tickets in hand for the Islamic Jenazah, not wanting to risk missing the event to honor Ali. More than 30,000 tickets will be distributed to the public for two memorials scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Official events start with a private ceremony on Thursday, followed by the Islamic service for the public at Freedom Hall, the site of Ali's last professional fight in Louisville, where he defeated Willi Besmanoff on November 29, 1961. The service will be led by Imam Zaid Shakir of California. On Friday, Ali's family will gather for prayers, to be followed by the funeral procession through Louisville. The route will include a boulevard bearing Ali's name on the way to the Cave Hill Cemetery. "I am here for a legend," said Ali fan Montez Jones. There will also be an interfaith memorial service for Ali on Friday, June 10 at the KFC YUM! Center. Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday, joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and comedian Billy Crystal were among those previously announced as participating in public events as the world grieves the loss of the boxer, showman and antiwar activist who captivated global attention in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the transcendent figures of the 20th century, Ali died on Friday at age 74 from complications related to Parkinson's disease. Ali, who suffered from the disease for many years, with assistance from and his family, had planned his funeral for a decade.