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Family confirm Muhammad Ali died from septic shock

BOXING legend Muhammad Ali is to have a funeral in Louisville, Kentucky this week, his family have confirmed.

Ali, who died aged 74 on Friday, had lived with Parkinson's disease for 32 years and suffered from related health problems.

A family spokesperson confirmed the three-time world heavyweight champion died from septic shock caused by "unspecified natural causes" after being admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition earlier in the week.

His funeral will take place in his home town of Louisville on Friday June 10, at 2pm at the KFC Yum! Centre, where it will be live streamed on the internet and translated into other languages.

Former US president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal will deliver eulogies at the service, which will be open to the public. A procession will also be held in Louisville on the same day.

The family spokesperson said Ali was a "citizen of the world" and wanted people of all walks of life to attend. 

Describing her father's final moments, one of Ali's daughters, Hana Ali, said his heart "wouldn't stop beating" for 30 minutes after all his other organs had failed.

She said it was a "true testament to the strength of his spirit and will".