Hearse Driver Details Muhammad Ali’s Final Ride in NY Times Articles


LOUISVILLE, KY — The first rose landed on the windshield of the hearse not long after the procession began on Bardstown Road.

“Aw, man,” the driver, Chase Porter, thought.

He turned on the windshield wipers. The flower smeared.

“Windshield wipers aren’t to remove flowers,” he observed.

Then there was the second flower, and the third, the fourth, and soon a cascade. Through it all, he focused on making sure the man lying in back — about two feet behind him over his right shoulder, slid into the chamber headfirst — was given a properly respectful final ride.

Porter was driving Muhammad Ali.

Read more at the New York Times.