Notable participants in Muhammad Ali's funeral and memorial service

Muhammad Ali's funeral begins Friday between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Pacific Time. We'll carry the coverage live on-air, online and on the KING 5 app. 

Some notable participants in Muhammad Ali’s funeral and memorial service:

Will Smith

Smith played Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion, in a 2001 biographical sports drama film Ali. Smith was nominated for six awards and won Best Actor from the Black Reel Awards of 2001, Best Male Performance at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards and Outstanding Actor at the NAACP Image Awards. He is one of the pallbearers at Ali’s funeral.

Lennox Lewis

The last undisputed world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist. Lewis will be a pallbearer at Ali’s funeral.

Jerry Ellis

Ellis is a friend of Ali’s and the brother of former heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis who was Ali’s sparring partner. Ellis’ family recalled the friendship here.

Ambassador Shabazz

Shabbazz is the daughter of human rights activist Malcolm X and ambassador-at-large for Belize. She will perform a poetry reading at Ali’s memorial service.

Natasha Mundkur

Mundkur is a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville, Muhammad Ali Center Scholar, and she served on the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students.

John Ramsey

Ramsey is a family friend and will be a pallbearer at Ali’s Funeral.

Billy Crystal

Crystal and Ali were friends for more than 30 years. Ali called Crystal his “little brother.” You can hear more about their relationship here.

Bryant Gumbel

Gumbel is a journalist and sportscaster who formerly co-hosted NBC’s Today. He frequently covered stories on Muhammad Ali.

Former President Bill Clinton

In 2001, Clinton awarded Ali with the Presidential Citizens Medal. Since then, the two remained good friends.

Honorary Pallbearers:

Rahaman Ali

Victor Bender

Howard Bingham

The Honorable John Y. Brown

George Chuvalo

Ronald DiNicola

George Foreman

Larry Holmes

Gene Kilroy

Jerry Perenchio

Michael Phenner

Dr. Harvey Sloane

Cleve Walker

Harlan Werner


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