Thousands gather to pay respects to “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali

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LOUISVILLE, KY - Friends and family paid tribute to sports icon Muhammad Ali on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 15,000 people attended the memorial service which featured former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and others in an interfaith ceremony.

"Only once in a thousand years or so do we get to hear a Mozart or see a Picasso, read a Shakespeare," Crystal said in his eulogy. "Ali was one of them. And yet, at his heart, he was still a kid from Louisville who ran with the gods and walked with the crippled, and smiled at the foolishness of it all. He is gone, but he will never die. He was my big brother."

Ali was a three-time heavyweight world champion and a 1960 Olympic gold medalist. He died last week at the age of 74.

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