Superstar American actor and rapper Will Smith and former world heavywieght champion Lennox Lewis will be two of the pall-bearers at the funeral of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday.
Ali passed on at 74 last Saturday after battling with a respiratory infection.
Smith, now one of the world’s most recognisable actors after starting out as a rapper, played Ali in the Muhammad Ali biopic titled ‘Ali’. He is joining Lewis in helping Ali’s family and friends carry the coffin, the Daily Mail revealed on Tuesday.
Lewis, still the last completely undisputed world heavyweight champion, has been close to Ali for many years.
He made a substantial donation to the funding of the Muhammad Ali Centre in Louisville which is a shrine to The Greatest and a source of help and inspiration to aspiring youngsters in his home town.
Lewis amused Ali hugely at his 70th birthday dinner in Louisville by dressing up in a chef’s long white apron and tall hat as he wheeled in and then cut the cake.
Ali, although by then unable to speak because of Parkinson’s, saw through the disguise at once, chuckled and held Lewis fondly by the arm.
A host of other famed boxers, celebrities and world leaders – including Bill Clinton who will deliver the eulogy in a sports arena – are expected to be among the tens of thousands now flocking to Kentucky.