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- A memorial event for Muhammad Ali has been held in Louisville, Kentucky
- The heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights activist died last week aged 74
- Earlier, Ali's body made its final journey through the streets of his home city
- Thousands lined the streets to cheer on the cortege and throw flowers on to the cars
- Ali was buried in a private ceremony attended by friends and family
Imam Zaid Shakir has said a final prayer for Muhammad Ali, bringing the memorial event to a close.
Former US President Bill Clinton described Ali as a "truly free man of faith" who "realised he would never be in full control of his life".
Mr Clinton said he had "thrilled at" Ali the boxer as a young man and "wept like a baby" as President seeing Ali's hand shake as he lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996.
His speech received a standing ovation
Broadcaster Bryant Gumbel said few people would forget how Muhammad Ali made them feel.
Mr Gumbel recalled how as a 17-year-old he was "awestruck" after shaking Ali's hand, and said Ali had a profound impact on his generation.
He gripped our hearts and our souls and our conscience and made our fights his fights for decades.
People like me - young, semi-gifted and black - will never forget what he gave us.
He gave us levels of strength and courage we didn't know we had.
Mr Gumbel said the world still needed Ali and his principles.
Hating people because of their colour is wrong, Ali said, and it doesn't matter which colour does the hating - it's just plain wrong.
Billy Crystal delivered his eulogy, quipping, "we're at the halfway point. I was clean-shaven when this [service] started."
The actor and comedian shared his favourite memories of Ali, describing him as a friend who he could always count on.
Crystal received lots of laughter after impersonating the boxer, adding how Ali referred to him as "my little brother."
"He was tremendous bolt of lightning," Crystal added.
Crystal called Ali a "silent messenger" who taught us "life is best when you build bridges between people not walls".
Ali’s daughter Mayrum took the stage after her mother, reading a poem she wrote in honour of her father.
"God's last boxing bell will sound in heaven," she said.
She spoke of the legacy her father left behind.
“If I had a dollar for every story [about Ali]", Mayrum Ali said, "I could paper the sky.”
Ali's wife, Lonnie, reflected on her husband's childhood and his life-changing encounter with an officer who introduced him to boxing at the age of 12.
"America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other – miracles can happen," she said.
In her eulogy, Lonnie Ali thanked everyone for their support. She also spoke about her husband's power and influence.
"If Muhammad didn't like the rules he rewrote them", she added.
But she emphasised his love for his country.
"Muhammad challenged his government, but he never ran from it, or America."
President Barack Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett has read a statement from the president, who is attending his daughter's high school graduation with his family.
"He was bigger, brighter and more influential than just about anyone in his era," Obama wrote. "You couldn't have made him up, and yes, he was pretty too."
Obama compared Ali to America, describing him as "brash, defiant, pioneering, joyful," and "always game to test the odds".
"Muhammad Ali was America. Muhammad Ali will always be America," Obama wrote. "What a man."
Malcolm X's daughter, Ambassador Shabazz, holds back tears as she speaks about Ali's death.
She recalled her father loving Ali like a little brother and as an entrusted friend. The two men spoke of issues like how to make a difference in the lives of others, she said.
"Having Muhammad Ali in my life somehow sustained my dad's breath in me," she said before she began to cry.
Chief Oren Lyons calls Ali a champion of indigenous communities in the US.
Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, delivered an impassioned speech urging the crowd to evoke Muhammad Ali in causes such as the fight against racism and ending mass incarceration.
He received the biggest cheers after referring to the next US president as a female - a reference to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"Tell the next president of the United States that she...," prompting the crowd to erupt in applause as former President Bill Clinton laughed in his seat.
Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch recalls his friendship with Ali, noting that the boxing legend "took the pen of history and wrote his own title in the textbooks".
Senator Hatch said Muhammad Ali was not the "prize fighter" or the "world champion" but "he was Muhammad Ali, The Greatest".
The longtime senator added Ali was a committed civil rights fighter, international diplomat and effective emissary of Islam.
"Our differences fortified our friendship, they did not define it," he added.
Dr Kevin Cosby, a senior pastor at Louisville's St Stephen Baptist Church, was the first to deliver remarks on Ali's life and the civil rights struggle.
"Before James Brown said ‘I’m black and I’m proud’, Muhammad Ali said ‘I’m black and I’m pretty’," Dr Cosby said.
“He dared to love black people at a time when black people had a problem loving themselves," he added.
The interfaith service at the KFC Yum! Center is now under way.
Per Ali's wishes, Imam Hamzah Abdul Malik opened the service with a recitation from the Quran.
Ayah Kutman, a second-generation Syrian immigrant, then translated the Imam's words into English.
Tune in to hear our live coverage of the service here.
Before the service, the silence was briefly broken as former President Bill Clinton appeared on stage.
Notable figures were in attendance for Ali's private burial service. Ali's longtime friend and promoter Don King is seen crying as he arrives for the service.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the musician Common also attended the private service.
About 15,000 people are expected to attend a public memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center for the boxing legend. The interfaith service will start later than scheduled - 1500 local time (1900 GMT) due to the funeral procession beginning nearly 90 minutes after it was slated to start.
Former president Bill Clinton, actor Billy Crystal and TV journalist Bryant Gumbel are among those who will speak about Ali and his life achievements.
Prayers from an imam, a Christian priest and a rabbi are expected at the interfaith service.
The BBC's Ashley Semler reports from inside the stadium that it's getting crowded.
The boxing legend is being laid to rest at Cave Hill cemetery in a private burial service. News crews have stopped filming while the service is taking place.
Actor Will Smith and ex-boxers Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were among those serving as pallbearers at the burial.
Throngs of spectators convened outside the cemetery, where a street littered with rose petals welcomes the motorcade.
The streets of Louisville are not the only place where fans are paying tribute to "The Greatest."
A plane hovered above, trailing a banner that read, "Muhammad Ali. The Greatest".
Muhammed Ali's funeral procession is now over and has arrived at Cave Hill Cemetery for a private service.
This clip comes from a 1964 interview in which the champion announced he was changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
Cassius Clay was my slave name. I'm no longer a slave.
This was one of the key moments in his life. And it was a life of momentous battles and seemingly daunting challenges, from which he normally seemed to emerge victorious - from his greatest bouts to his fights against racial and religious prejudice and even with the US government.
This clip is contained in BBC iWonder's timeline of his life and career. If you would like to learn more about the man who declared himself to be "The Greatest", go to the full iWonder timeline.
The procession has just passed Ali's childhood home, according to the BBC's Suzanne Kianpour:
The memorial service has been delayed by one hour due to the late start of the procession.
It will now begin at 1500 local time (1900 GMT).
On Grand Avenue in Louisville, these small children have their own special chant for Ali, as captured by the city's mayor Greg Fischer.
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool describes the crowd as a mix of black and white, young and old as well as rich and poor.
Ali and his wife drew up a plan for his funeral up to 10 years ago with the aim of allowing as many people from all walks of life as possible to participate.
He was a man who connected with people, Maqbool says, and wanted to in his death as well.
Spectators filmed as Ali's hearse passed by, cheering and placing flowers on the vehicle.
The mood was a combination of somberness and spirited cheers as the motorcade continued toward Cave Hill Cemetery.
Check out Maqbool's powerful interview with a fan mourning the icon's loss.
British boxer Amir Khan, who met Muhammad Ali twice, says Ali was an inspiration to him.
“There are many sides to Ali but if you’re looking at it from a purely boxing standpoint what he achieved was remarkable,” he told BBC Urdu’s Adil Shahzeb.
“No one gave him a shot against Sonny Liston, who was meant to destroy him, but he proved everyone wrong. Again in the rematch he overcame him. Against George Foreman he shocked the world again. But the thing that stands out with Ali, especially from fights against Joe Frazier and Ken Norton when he broke his jaw, is that Ali had a spirit which refused to be beaten or overcome by anyone. I’ve not seen that in any fighter. His heart and his refusal to be beaten was truly amazing.”
Khan says he admires how Ali “stood up for what he believed in, even if it meant giving up his world title and wealth”.
“At the time he ruffled a few feathers with his beliefs but he always carried himself in a dignified way. There were so many good causes and things he did in his life away from boxing – that is why the world has reacted the way it has done at his death.”
A Muslim prayer service was held in Louisville on Thursday.
But why was there a riderless horse present?
The BBC's World Have Your Say explains:
The streets were lined with fans as the procession continued along a route highlighting Ali's life in Louisville. Some members of the crowd chanted, "Ali! Ali!" while others remained reverent as the motorcade cruised by.
Onlooker Inez Hughes held back tears as she stood against the rail overlooking the interstate for a chance to see the hearse carrying Ali's body.
"This is the last time to see him ride by," said the Louisville native. "This is history."
Others watching were unable to stop the tears.
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Louisville said people watching were very emotional and some were crying.
Listen to the BBC World Service report on how Ali's Vietnam War stance brought him closer to the civil rights movement - and what Reverend Jesse Jackson had to say about him:
Cars in the motorcade procession have displayed butterfly images in honour of Ali's famous quote: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
Yejide Travis, a 55-year-old woman from Louisville, grew up near Ali's childhood home. She recalled her first encounter with Ali on the street.
"I was five and this big strong man who was so pretty picked me up," she told the AP news agency outside the Muhammad Ali Center.
"He was kind to me. He looked me in the eye, made me feel special. And I haven't forgotten it in 50 years."
Travis remembered spotting Ali around town with a trail of children following him.
"He was the people's champion. He loved us well. He asked you how you were doing and he really wanted the answer," she said. "He was the greatest of all time. There will never be another.''
From BBC Monitoring:
The fact that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned from the States early, without actually attending today's funeral ceremony, was covered by several Turkish media outlets.
CNN Turk said that this was a "surprise" development, and speculated that Mr Erdogan may have decided to leave after his request to read from the Koran during the memorial service was turned down.
FoxTV said that Mr Erdogan's request to make a speech at the service had been rejected.
Milliyet ran the headline "Farewell to the legend" ("Evsaneye veda") on its front page and also carried a picture of Mr Erdogan attending a prayer ceremony in honour of the boxer.
The presence of thousands at Muhammad Ali's funeral, including luminaries from around the world, underscore his impact as a global hero.
Ali boxed in at least 12 different countries throughout his career as well as serving as a humanitarian and activist .
Ali staged many of his high-profile fights in developing countries in part to illuminate those nations' problems. He also visited North Korea and Afghanistan as a goodwill ambassador and delivered $1m worth of medical supplies to Cuba.
In 1990, Ali visited Iraq on his own accord in an effort to negotiate the release of American hostages captured after Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. The global figure helped in the release of 15 hostages.
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has called Ali his "friend and his brother", in a BBC interview, and says they had known each other since they were teenagers.
"Muhammad Ali is the epitome of the concept of the living legend," he said of Ali before his death. "He has inspired and thrilled generations of fans around the world as an athlete and humanitarian. Throughout his life he has been one of a kind. They truly threw away the mould when he was born."
Outside the front of the funeral home, the pallbearers have put the casket, covered in a cloth bearing Arabic writing, into a limousine for its final journey.
Then the procession sets off, with crowds of people clapping, punching the air and yelling out "Ali! Ali!"
British poet Benjamin Zephaniah wrote an ode to his hero Muhammad Ali.
Watch below, via BBC Sport:
From BBC Monitoring:
Shortly after Muhammad Ali's death, the authorities in Russia's republic of Chechnya took the unusual decision to name a major street in the capital Grozny after the late boxer. Previously, it bore the name of Sergei Kirov, an associate of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
Chechnya's strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, normally has few kind words to say about anything related to America, but reacting to Muhammad Ali's death, he called him "the wisest person on earth".
"My childhood dream is now gone together with Muhammad," Mr Kadyrov wrote on Instagram. "I always wanted him to come to Chechnya, so that I, a boxing-fan boy, could shake his strong hand."
The limousines with Ali's body have yet to leave the funeral home but people are lining the streets and ready to get a final glimpse of their hero.