10:30 am - Wednesday June 28, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Muhammad Ali Goes Home Friday, June 10 in a LIVE Motorcade Event’ -Family Spokesperson, Bob Gunnell …former American President, Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel, ace Broadcaster, Actor Billy Crystal to Deliver Eulogies * ‘He died 9:10pm Phoenix Local Time surrounded by Family Members’ * ‘My Father’s Heart Wouldn’t Stop Beating 30 Minutes after all other Organs Failed’-Hana Ali *Family Hugging, Kissing him, Holding his Hands, Chanting Islamic Prayer ‘Allahu Akbar’ *PLUS: Nigerian Community in America, NAPA to Attend Funeral

BREAKING NEWS:

‘Muhammad Ali Goes Home Friday, June 10 in a LIVE Motorcade Event’ -Family Spokesperson, Bob Gunnell

…former American President, Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel, ace Broadcaster, Actor Billy Crystal to Deliver Eulogies

* ‘He died 9:10pm Phoenix Local Time surrounded by Family Members’

* ‘My Father’s Heart Wouldn’t Stop Beating 30 Minutes after all other Organs Failed’-Hana Ali

*Family Hugging, Kissing him, Holding his Hands, Chanting Islamic Prayer ‘Allahu Akbar’

*PLUS: Nigerian Community in America, NAPA to Attend Funeral

ALI AWARD 2BY YVONNE KALU/SPORTS REPORTER in PHOENIX, ARIZONA

 

IN a historic LIVE streaming ceremony worldwide from Phoenix, Arizona this Friday, June 10, the greatest ever lived boxing icon, Muhammad Ali, formerly called Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. will bade the world good bye in an evergreen ceremony that will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., to include a morning motorcade through the city, private burial at Cave Hill cemetery and a public memorial at the KFC Yum! Center.

 

Ex-American President, Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel, ace Broadcaster, Actor Billy Crystal to Deliver Eulogies

Already confirmed to speak at Ali’s funeral are former United States President, Bill Clinton, famous Broadcaster, Bryant Gumbel and Actor Billy Crystal. They will be dishing out emotional messages regarding the virtues, amiable character, resilience spirit and ideals of the greatest pugilist.

 

Addressing the press, Bob Gunnell, family spokesperson to the Ali’s said the legendary boxer died exactly 9:10pm Phoenix local time from a septic shock ‘due to unspecified natural causes’, saying the boxing maestro spent the last hour of his life surrounded by his family. His words: “ Ali died of septic shock ‘due to unspecified natural causes.’ The boxing legend died Friday at 9:10 p.m. local time, spending the last hour of his life surrounded by his family. He was initially hospitalized in the Phoenix area on Monday.”

 

‘My Father’s Heart Wouldn’t Stop Beating 30 Minutes after all other Organs Failed’-Hana Ali

One of the daughters of this legendary boxer, Hana Ali explained the spiritual implication and significance of how unbroken Ali’s spirit was, even in death such that his heart was still beating, pulse was normal 30 minutes after every other organs in his body had completely packed up. Her words: “No one had even seen anything like it before. We (family members) were all surrounding Ali, hugging and kissing him, holding his hands and chanting an Islamic prayer (Allahu Akbar-meaning God is Greater) while his heart kept beating 30 minutes after his other organs failed. That is a true testament to the strength of his spirit and will.”

‘He was a bold man of the world’-Gunnell

Gunnell said at a news conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, “I think he will be remembered as a man of the world who spoke his mind and wasn’t afraid to take a chance and went out of his way to be a kind and benevolent individual who changed the world.”

 

Nigerian Community in America, NAPA to Attend Funeral

Meanwhile, plans has been concluded by Nigerian Community in United States and Nigerian-American Press Association, NAPA to make strong presence in the funeral due to the highest regards they have for the life, ideals, resilience spirit of Muhammad Ali. In a press statement and communique issued by Ihejioka Oyebuchi, Chairman of Nigerian Community in North America who eulogized the virtue of Ali, it reads: “We will be physically present at the funeral of Muhammad Ali, he means every greatness and inspiration to us. Muhammad Ali was a rare bred. You can hardly find a semblance of him in every generation. This present generation of humanity has lost a voice of freedom, justice, fairness, equity and resilience. Ali represented everything good in humanity. He had a string spirit, having had to fight death in Parkinson’s disease for 30 years without giving up. It only takes a man of great character to stand and face death one-on-one. Nigerian community here in North America have learned a lot from the inspirational life of Ali. We are confident he is presently in Heaven. May his soul rest in peace.”

 

For Steve Franklin, President, Nigerian American Press Association, (NAPA), famous European born-American journalist, he said executives of NAPA had been mandated to make milestone representation at Muhammad Ali’s burial by way of last respect to the greatest sports icon that ever lived. His communique read: “Muhammad Ali was the greatest sports legend that ever crossed this world. We have mandated all executives of NAPA to ensure proper representation at Ali’s funeral. That is our only way of showing him the last respect. There are lot of lessons Muhammad Ali has taught mankind. He lived a life of fulfillment and total satisfaction. He has taught humanity that you have power to overcome your travails, conquer your defeats and overcome your fears. He is the greatest enigma in sports entertainment. NAPA is presently celebrating all the ideals, visions, principles and philosophies Ali stood for. We believe humanity has a lot to learn from the humble life of this great American. We profoundly love and cherish him, as we know his smile will no longer fade away in our hearts, his memory will be evergreen in our lives. Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.”

 

 

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