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He received the highest US civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2005 and was chosen to light the Olympic torch in 1996, his hands trembling due to Parkinson's - a poignant moment for the sports world.During the tumultuous marriage, Ali had numerous affairs, two of which led to the birth of another two daughters.After a small family funeral on Thursday, Ali's coffin will be transported Friday through the streets of Louisville, before a private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery and the public interfaith memorial service at the KFC Yum! Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr on January 17, 1942.He dazzled fans with slick moves in the ring and his wit and engaging persona outside it - and famously said he could 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.'His career spanned from 1960 to 1981 and he retired with a record of 56-5, including such historic bouts as the 'Rumble in the Jungle' against George Foreman in 1974 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).For the past decade, he has been living in a miserable garret in Chicago’s crime-ridden South Side, relying on charity handouts to feed and clothe him, his wife Shaakira, and their two children, aged seven and eight.
During the service, assistant pastor Charles Elliott III asked the congregation to stand to honor Muhammad Ali.
In 1975, Ali strayed again, beginning a relationship with Veronica Porsche who had worked as a glamorous ‘poster girl’ to spice up his fight against Joe Frazier.
Inevitably, Ali’s life was complicated by claims he fathered other children.
Sad: Muhammed Ali's brother Rahman, pictured left, at 'The Greastest's' boyhood home and museum in Louisville and his son Muhammad Ali Jr is pictured right.
ave accused others in his extended family of being anything but ‘humanitarian’ towards them, cruelly leaving them in varying degrees of financial hardship as Ali and his controlling fourth wife, Lonnie, lived in the lap of luxury Gunnell said Ali had sought medical attention for a cough, but his condition rapidly deteriorated.
Although he’s in touch with his sisters, they never discussed their father, he said.