Notables participants at today’s funeral and memorial services for Muhammad Ali:
Mike Tyson – He held the undisputed world heavyweight championship and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson flew in on a red-eye June 10 to be a pallbearer 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.
The Honorable John Y. Brown
Dr. Harvey Sloane