Ali’s funeral will be held on June 10 in Louisville
Muhammad Ali’s funeral will be held on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, and if you want a quick snapshot of the impact he had, consider who is scheduled to speak.
On Monday, it was confirmed that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Abdullah II of Jordan have been added to the list of speakers.
Along with Bill Clinton, who will give a eulogy, that makes two presidents and a king who will honor Ali.
In addition to those three — and Ali’s wife and daughter — actor Billy Crystal, broadcaster Bryant Gumbel, a Protestant minister, two Rabbis and a Mormon U.S. Senator will also speak.
“Everything that we’re doing here was blessed by Muhammad Ali and requested,” family spokesman Bob Gunnell said. “He wanted the memorial service to reflect his life and how he lived. And he wanted everyone to be able to attend. He was the people’s champ, so we wanted the memorial service to reflect that.”
The funeral will begin with a 30-minute Islamic prayer at Freedom Hall — the site of Ali’s last fight in Louisville — at noon ET, followed by a public procession and then a 2 p.m. ET memorial service in the KFC Yum! Center, where about 18,000 people will be able to attend.