Numerous relatives, close friends and thousands of sports fans attended the first memorial service who died last week from the Mohammed Ali of the planned two in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday afternoon. Today will be the second, after which the body of the legendary boxer will be buried.
It is reported, not without scandal. Part of the fifteen thousand free tickets, which the family presented to the fans Mohammed, was sold for big money dealers. The family of a fighter is very upset from this news and do not understand how you can still earn at the funeral of Ali.
Before the death of triple world champion in the heavyweight division asked the family to make the ceremony of farewell with him, open to the public. The family has released fifteen thousand tickets Wednesday June 8 and had them all dismantled in an hour and a huge number of those wishing to say goodbye to Ali was left with empty hands. By the evening of free tickets began to be sold through social networks.
“It’s sad that some people want to cash in on a memorial service at a time when we pay tribute to Muhammad Ali” — said the representative of the family Bob Gannel and added that the relevant service is already monitoring the sale of tickets. In Kentucky, for such faces a $ 250 fine.
“Mohammed looks at us. He wanted it was a free ceremony, an event that is open to everyone and we will not fail him,” added Bob.
Recall that the legendary boxer died June 3 at a hospital shortly after he was having trouble breathing. At the time of his death he was 74 years old. At the age of 42, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. According to relatives of Ali, his death was redemption for him, and because they’re kind of glad suffering of Mohammed is already behind us.
At last the farewell ceremony, which will take place today, will come a lot of stars of sport and show business, and the harm former President of the United States of America, bill Clinton, and actors Billy Crystal and will Smith. The latter, incidentally, played Mohammed in the biographical film “Ali” in 2001. Smith did not just come to say goodbye to an athlete, he will also carry his coffin.