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Ticket touts have found a way to make a small fortune from Muhammad Ali's funeral

Published 09/06/2016 | 13:14

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (L) and wife Lonnie Ali appear onstage during the Keep Memory Alive foundation's
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (L) and wife Lonnie Ali appear onstage during the Keep Memory Alive foundation's "Power of Love Gala" celebrating Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

The Greatest is set to be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon but what was meant to be a celebration of Muhammad Ali's life has taken an unsavoury turn.

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The 74-year-old passed away last Saturday morning, with people all over the world rushing to pay tribute to one of the most famous people on the planet. Plenty of fans wanted to pay their respects in person too - so much so that Ali's funeral is set to take place at the KFC Yum! Centre in Louisville, Kentucky, with 15,000 expected to attend.

Fans of Ali queued for hours to secure tickets, which were distributed by the family for free. However, a number of passes to the memorial service have fallen into the hands of touts.

According to the Daily Mail, online adverts on Craigslist have seen people offering the 'free tickets' for as much as $100 each, while there are a similar amount requests from people who seem more than willing to pay that price.

Family spokesman Bob Gunnell says he is shocked that people are selling tickets to the three-time world champion's funeral.

"I'm personally disgusted and amazed that someone would try to profit off of Muhammad Ali's memorial service," he said in a statement.

"I hope that those buying tickets or trying to buy tickets would stop those efforts by not purchasing.

"Muhammad Ali wanted this to be a free event, an event that was open to all."

Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and actor Will Smith, who played the boxer in the biopic 'Ali,' will help carry the coffin at tomorrow's ceremony.

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