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Tears flow in Muhammad Ali's hometown

Saturday, June 04, 2016 - 01:29

''He's probably one of the few people in the world that the good Lord broke the mold on,'' says a mourner outside of the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Mourners gather at the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday (June 4) to pay tribute to the former world heavyweight boxing champion. Ali, whose record-setting career, flair for showmanship and political stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, died on Friday aged 74. Kentucky residents paid their respects and spoke of their memories. Jimmy Isaac said he met Ali in a hospital where his father was being treated for cancer. "And Muhammad Ali came out of nowhere, and he gave me that spirit and love.... gave me that strength and that spirit to keep going on," Isaac said. "This is truly a day of mourning," said another woman who paid her respects Ali had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body. He died a day after he was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital with a respiratory ailment. Even so, Ali's youthful proclamation of himself as "the greatest" rang true until the end for the millions of people worldwide who admired him for his courage both inside and outside the ring.

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Tears flow in Muhammad Ali's hometown

Saturday, June 04, 2016 - 01:29