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This week we lost the boxing great Muhammad Ali, and the plans of his funeral are starting to be released. Will Smith will reportedly be serving as a pallbearer for the funeral which is being held in Muhammad’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky on June 10.
Muhammad passed away on June 3 at the age of 74 due to septic shock. He had been hospitalized for respiratory issues and there was time for many of his family members to travel to the Phoenix, Arizona hospital to be by his side before his passing.
Will and Muhammad became close during the time period when Will was playing the boxer in the biopic Ali, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Will got the highest praise for his performance, even getting the total approval of Muhammad himself who said:
“He is a perfect actor. I even thought he was me.”
To take on that role Will prepped for years, which included physical training, getting to know the man himself, as well as learning his accent.
On Saturday Will posted a collage to social media that showed the two in some of the time that they spent together.
In addition to Will, the other pallbearers will be family members and close friends, including boxers Lennox Lewis and Jerry Ellis. The memorial service will be live streamed so that fans can watch from anywhere in the world.