Actor Will Smith and British boxer Lennox Lewis are to carry Muhammad Ali’s coffin at his funeral on Friday, it has been announced.The Hollywood star, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ali in the 2001 film of the same name, will be among eight pallbearers at the boxing legend’s funeral.
Carrying the coffin alongside Smith and Lennox – Britain’s former world heavyweight champion – will be Ali’s cousins John Grady and Jan Wadell, nephew Ibn Ali, former brother-in-law Komawi Ali and family friend John Ramsey.
Among those also named was Jerry Ellis, the brother of Jimmy Ellis, Ali’s former sparring partner and fellow world heavyweight champion.
Thousands are expected to turn out for the public memorial in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky later this week. The president of Turkey and the king of Jordan will be among speakers, while former US president Bill Clinton will deliver a eulogy, according to organisers.