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Ali's funeral: Mike Tyson as pallbearer, Trump not coming

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 01:02

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been added as a late addition to serve as a pallbearer at Muhammad Ali's funeral but that, despite being invited, Donald Trump will not be attending. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was added to the list of pallbearers for Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday (June 10), joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend. Family spokesman Bob Gunnell told reporters that Tyson had originally said he could not attend the funeral. "He changed his plans and called Lani and said 'I'm taking a red-eye and I'll be there'," said Gunnell. Gunnell also cleared up any questions as to whether Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would be attending. "He was welcome - when he was invited as anyone else was. He would have been able to sit in a place of distinction but he is not attending the service," said Gunnell. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Actor Will Smith, and comedian Billy Crystal are among the notables 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. Family spokesman Bob Gunnell announced the details of the memorial services on Monday. More than 30,000 tickets will be distributed to the public for two memorials scheduled for Thursday and Friday in sports arenas in the city. Ali, who suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years, and his family had planned his funeral for a decade. Official events started with a private ceremony on Thursday, followed by an Islamic service for the public at Freedom Hall, the site of Ali's last professional fight in Louisville, where he defeated Willi Besmanoff on Nov. 29, 1961. 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. The main service will take place at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday afternoon.

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Ali's funeral: Mike Tyson as pallbearer, Trump not coming

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 01:02