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PHOTO GALLERY: Muhammad Ali feted by the famous and fans in final farewell




A hearse carrying the body of the late Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 10, 2016 (Reuters)

Lonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali, is led to a waiting limousine, Tuesday, June 10, in Louisville, Ky., as the motorcade carrying Muhammad Ali prepares to travel through Louisville and to the cemetery (Reuters)

An image of Muhammad Ali is posted to a makeshift memorial at the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP)

Former President Bill Clinton delivers a eulogy during Muhammad Ali's memorial service, Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP)

Pallbearers Mike Tyson, left, Lennox Lewis, second from left, Will Smith, right, and Mike Moorer, second from right, stand during Muhammad Ali's memorial service, Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Pallbear at center is unidentified. (AP)

Muhammad Ali's daughter Hana waves to the crowd lining the street as the funeral procession for her father passes in front of his boyhood home Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP)

A woman runs with her child to touch the hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali with flowers as it drives down Broadway toward Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016 (Reuters)

A banner stating "We Love You Mohammad" is displayed as well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his funeral procession through Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016 (Reuters)

The hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali pulls into Cave Hill Cemetery after a procession through his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016 (Reuters)

Pall bearers for Muhammad Ali move into place outside the funeral home to a waiting limousine, Tuesday, June 10, in Louisville, Ky., as the motorcade carrying Muhammad Ali prepares to travel through Louisville and to the cemetery (AP)
Muhammad Ali was extolled on Friday as a boxer of incomparable grace, a magnetic entertainer and a man of conviction who gave a voice to the oppressed, as a two-day celebration of "The Greatest" came to a rousing end in his Kentucky hometown.
 
At an emotional memorial service at a Louisville sports arena, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, Ali's wife Lonnie and leaders of many of the world's religious traditions delivered powerful tributes to the man who Clinton called a "universal soldier for our common humanity."

"He decided at a very young age to write his own life story," the former president said. "He decided he would never be disempowered."

Earlier in the day, an estimated 100,000 people came out to honor Ali on a hot and sunny day, chanting his name and throwing flowers along the 23-mile (37-km) funeral procession. At the end of the route, he was laid to rest in a private burial, one week after he died at the age of 74.

At the interfaith service, A-list celebrities and sports stars converged with thousands of ordinary people to hear Ali remembered as a man who went from Olympic gold medal winner in 1960 to three-time world heavyweight champion to an elder statesman suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Ali, who was once scorned for converting to Islam and lost three years of his boxing career for refusing U.S. military service during the Vietnam War, ended up becoming one of the most celebrated Americans in modern history, at home and abroad.