The world will say goodbye to boxing legend Muhammed Ali in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky with two days of memorial services.
An Islamic prayer service is set for Thursday at the Kentucky Expo Center, where Ali fought, and won his first professional fight in 1960.
The traditional Muslim funeral, called Jenazah, was requested by Ali before his death and will feature moments of prayer and support for the deceased and his family. The service will begin at noon and is set to be televised and webcast.
An interfaith memorial for the boxing superstar will take place Friday at KFC Yum! Centre at 2 p.m.
Former US President Bill Clinton, a longtime friend of Ali, will deliver the eulogy at the funeral, where 14,000 people are expected. Other speakers will include actor Billy Crystal and sportcaster Bryant Gumbel.
Actor Will Smith, who played Muhammed Ali in the movie Ali and former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers.
Following the funeral service, there will be a procession to Cave Hill cemetery, where Ali will be laid to rest.
The former heavyweight champion and sports icon died Friday at the age of 74, decades after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Ali began crafting details for his funeral services years ago, insisting on an open and inclusive service.
With files from Rana Aladdin