Local residents pause to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali outside his Berrien Springs estate

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Muhammad Ali’s funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky. Eulogies will be given by former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel.

One of Muhammad Ali’s daughters is describing her father’s last moments, saying his heart wouldn’t stop beating for 30 minutes after all of his other organs failed.

Hana Ali writes on Instagram that “no one had even seen anything like it.”

She says the family was surrounding Ali, hugging and kissing him, holding his hands and chanting an Islamic prayer while his heart kept beating as his other organs failed.

She calls it a “true testament to the strength of his spirit and will.”

A family spokesman says Muhammad Ali died of septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes.”

Ali had close ties to Berrien County, Mich. as his children previously attended Niles High School and he also had an estate in Berrien Springs, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

Over the weekend, local residents placed cards and candles at a make-shift memorial outside the gates of his Berrien Springs estate, ABC 57 reported.

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