Muhammad Ali will be buried in Louisville

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Published: Jun. 4, 2016 at 5:57 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2016 at 6:05 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Muhammad Ali will be buried in Louisville, a family spokesman said early Saturday.

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Less than an hour after news first spread about the death of the global icon, boxing legend and Louisville native, spokesman Bob Gunnell told WAVE 3 News that Louisville will be the final resting place for Ali.

"Muhammad will be buried in Louisville," Gunnell said, adding that he expects to announce formal arrangements at about 3 p.m. ET Saturday.

Surrounded by loved ones, Ali died in a Phoenix-area hospital at about 9 p.m. local time Friday.

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He was born and raised in Louisville and attended Central High School. He often returned to Louisville in his final years, even making an appearance at a UofL football game in 2014, earning a standing ovation from the crowd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"He loved the University of Louisville, and he loved University of Louisville athletics," Gunnell said.

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