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Muhammad Ali services planned

 

UNDATED (AP) — Funeral and memorial services have been scheduled for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday at 74.

 

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The funeral will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, with eulogies given by former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel.

 

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Ali.

 

The three-time heavyweight champion had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area since Monday with respiratory problems and his children had flown in from around the country. A family spokesman says Ali died of septic shock "due to unspecified natural causes."

 

Ali dominated not just boxing but much of contemporary culture back in the 60's as an Olympic champion, a professional heavyweight champ and a leader of the civil rights movement.

 

President Barack Obama says Muhammad Ali "shook up the world, and the world is better for it."

 

Ali's daughter, Hana, has told reporters that after his other organs had failed, his heart kept beating for another 30 minutes.

 

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