London: Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis have been named as pallbearers at boxing legend Muhammad Ali's funeral.

The three-time world heavyweight champion's funeral will take place in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, where flags have been flying at half-mast since his death was announced.

Lennox Lewis and Will Smith
Lennox Lewis and Will Smith

Ali's cousin John Grady, his nephew Ibn Ali-Muhammad, former brother-in-law Komawi Ali-Muhammad and cousin Jan Wadell-Muhammad are among the legend's family members who will have the honour of carrying the icon's casket, reported Mirror.

John Ramsey-Muhammad, the boxer's former friend, and the brother of Jimmy Ellis, Ali's former sparring partner will also act as pallbearers.

The procession will pass the Muhammad Ali Centre, travel along Muhammad Ali Boulevard and through his former neighbourhood. It will end at Cave Hill cemetery for a private family ceremony. An interfaith memorial service will be held at the 20,000 capacity KFC Yum!

Ali, who had battled Parkinson's disease for 32 years, died in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday evening after being admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition last Monday.