Actor Will Smith And Boxing Star Lennox Lewis Will Be Attending Muhammad Ali's Funeral As Pallbearers

Actor Will Smith And Boxing Star Lennox Lewis Will Be Attending Muhammad Ali's Funeral As Pallbearers
Actor Will Smith And Boxing Star Lennox Lewis Will Be
Attending Muhammad Ali's Funeral As Pallbearers  
BHR Hollywood Reports...........Actor Will Smith, who portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2001 movie Ali, And Lennox Lewis will be among eight pallbearers for the memorial service this week in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday.

London-born Lewis, 50, became undisputed world champion in 1999, while American Smith, 47, played Ali in the 2001 film of the same name.

His funeral will be held in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky.

Muhammad Ali And Will Smith 
"I am humbled, and honoured, beyond words to help see my hero, Muhammad Ali, off to his final resting place," said Lewis, in a statement.

"Ali has always been an enormous inspiration to me, not only in my boxing career, but also in life.

His journey began 74 years ago, and in that time, he not only transformed the world of sport, he used sport to transform the world."

Will Smith, The 47-year-old actor famously played the athlete in the 2001 biopic Ali, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for the role.

Lennox Lewis And Muhammad Ali 
The two (Ali And Will )became close during filming, and Ali praised Smith’s portrayal. “He is a perfect actor,” Ali told ABC News at the time of the movie’s release. “I even thought he was me.”

Smith trained for almost two years to play the part — he learned how to fight, rehearsed Ali’s accent and tried to capture the boxer’s soul.

After Ali’s death on Friday, June 3, the Concussion actor paid tribute to his late friend on social media on Saturday, June 4.

“You shook up the World! My Mentor & My Friend. You changed my Life. Rest in Peace,” he captioned a collage of photos of the pair together.

The three-time heavyweight world champion died at age 74 from septic shock on June 3. He spent his final moments surrounded by family in a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital.

 Prior to his passing, he was hospitalized for a respiratory issue, family spokesperson Bob Gunnell confirmed to Reports on Thursday, June 2.

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