Muhammad Ali’s body has arrived in his hometown of Louisville – where he’ll be laid to rest as the city grieves the loss of its favorite son.
An airplane carrying the boxing great’s body arrived from Arizona, where he died, on Sunday afternoon ahead of a public funeral procession and service expected to draw huge crowds in honor of ‘The Greatest’ on Friday.
The private plane landed at Louisville International Airport around 4.30pm, WLKY reports.
Family spokesman, Bob Gunnell says Ali was accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, and other family members and friends. He says the body was taken to a local funeral home.
Police reportedly escorted the casket, which was wrapped in a black cloth bearing Arabic scripture in gold on it, from the airport to the funeral home.
The three-time heavyweight champion and outspoken civil rights activist, died on Friday night at age 74 after health problems complicated by a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
‘Our hearts are literally hurting. But we are happy daddy is free now,’ one of Ali’s nine children, daughter Hana, wrote on Twitter.
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