Monday, June 20, 2016

Secret footage of Muhammad Ali's funeral offered for sale for $1million by a 'FAMILY member'

Secret footage of Muhammad Ali 's funeral is being offered for sale for $1 million - and it is claimed by a member of his own FAMILY who betrayed relatives.
The video, covertly taken during the private service , has been offered to various media outlets in the US as the owner conducted "a tour of the country" in an attempt to find the highest bidder.

So far all magazines, newspapers and broadcasters have refused to purchase the video which show's Ali "being lowered into the ground".


The Mirror knows of at least two US media outlets - one magazine and one broadcaster - which have been approached with the seven minute tape.

The footage was taken unbeknown to the former heavyweight champion's wife and daughters.
A source who was offered the tape told the Mirror: "It is disgusting that some claiming to be member of Ali's own family could deceive their own flesh and blood.
Getty ImagesThe motorcade Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in front of Ali's childhood home
The motorcade Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in front of Ali's childhood home


“There is so much affection for him and it is not something we would entertain no matter what the price.

“The seller initially tried to conceal their identity but when asked how the footage was obtained we were told how they were a member of the family.
REUTERS/Adrees LatifWell-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali
Well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali


"It shows Ali being lowered into the ground and his family in tears. It's disgusting. Clearly they have no respect.”

The demand of $1 million is the equivalent of £680,000.

Ali was buried in a corner of the historic Cave Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
ddp USA/REX/ShutterstockPresident Bill Clinton speaks during the Muhammad Ali memorial service
President Bill Clinton speaks during the Muhammad Ali memorial service


He picked the site himself after touring the grounds deciding on a spot just across from a lake with a fountain.

His headstone will be simple when it’s installed, in keeping with Muslim tradition.

It will be inscribed with just one word: Ali.
GettyBilly Crystal speaks during a memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Billy Crystal speaks during a memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali
As well as the boxer's wives and nine children, guests at the private ceremony included former President Bill Clinton, actors Will Smith and Billy Crystal as well as former champions Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins.
GettyMaryum Ali speaks during a memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Maryum Ali speaks during a memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali


Ali, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, was taken to hospital at the end last month suffering from a respiratory illness.

Though his condition was initially described as "fair", it worsened and he died on June 3 four days after being admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
ReutersLonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali, leaves the funeral home to begin a procession through his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky
Lonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali, leaves the funeral home to begin a procession through his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky


He was 74 and his cause of death was given as septic shock.

Ali’s death led to a global outpouring of grief with people travelling from around the world to attend his memorial service.

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