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Muhammad Ali's multi-million dollar will settlement to spark 'World War Three' among his family

Mirror logo Mirror 5/01/2017 Christopher Bucktin
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Muhammad Ali ’s multi-million dollar will has been finalised­ at last - with the settlement set to spark “World War Three” among his family.

The boxing legend’s widow Lonnie is allegedly getting double what his children­ will receive, which is likely to inflame an already poisonous atmosphere.

“Once the money is there, expect the biggest war yet,” said an insider.

The siblings, said to hate each other, have maintained­ a fragile truce not to risk their slices of Ali’s $80million (£65million) estate. Ali died in June, aged 74, and the money is yet to handed out.

Credits: FilmMagic © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: FilmMagic An attorney for the Muhammad Ali Trust, which governs the distribution of his estate, said: “It was crafted to reflect his specific wishes and to protect his legacy.”

But now the family have been told what they will get, that legacy could include a bitter family fallout. His nine children­ are each set to pocket around $6million. Ali’s only sibling, brother Rahman, whose feud with the boxer’s widow was well documented­, gets no money.

His seven daughters and two sons, including biological son Muhammad Ali Jr and adopted son Asaad - are expected to let their true feelings be known after being told the legal process is over.

Bitterness lingers over how their father was buried and the fact Will Smith, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson were pallbearers, not his sons.

Credits: WireImage © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: WireImage The insider added: “They all play nice-nicey now, but simmering tension goes back decades. None of the kids trust Lonnie, all are from different mothers and hate each other.

“Lonnie is said to get double what the kids have which has left many seething. They didn’t like her before their dad passed away accusing her of preventing them from seeing him.

“When he died some sucked up to Lonnie just to get as much as they can, but the truth is that they all did it - then accused the other siblings of doing it.

“Once money is in the bank it looks like they will cut all ties with each other but not before their true feelings are aired. But it’s not just the inheritance. There is a lot of bitterness between the family’s strict Muslims and non-believers for the way the funeral was conducted.

Pallbearers place Muhammad Ali's casket in the hearse as it prepares to begin a procession through his hometown of Louisville: Pallbearers place Muhammad Ali's casket in the hearse as it prepares to begin a procession through his hometown. Remembering Muhammad Ali “They were disgusted he wasn’t buried within 48 hours as the Koran states, and that Will Smith and Mike Tyson were pallbearers. Some of the children are appalled it was more about a celebrity list than his own flesh and blood.

“World War Three is threatened and true feelings are expected to come flooding, and a few truths be told.”

Already the fallout over the inheritance and the time taken to resolve it has led to problems for Ali’s only natural son.

Currently flat broke and without a bank account Muhammed Ali Jnr, 44, has been kicked out of his flash home.

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After dumping wife Shaakira, and children Ameera, eight, and Shakera, seven, he moved to a ritzy house in Chicago, a world away from his tiny family home in the city’s toughest area.

But Ali Jnr was thrown out by his furious landlord for repeatedly smoking cannabis.

He’s now at the home of his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali’s (known as Belinda Boyd before connecting to Islam) in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Sources say the boxer’s second wife, came back into his life after Ali’s death.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty The pair are now holed up at her apartment and friends fear Ali Jnr could even relapse onto harder drugs.

A pal revealed it was while he was living with his mother 20 years ago that he first got hooked on crack before he managed to walk away from it.

The friend added: “He went to California­ ­and Vegas with his mother, and now they’re in Florida. We think his mum has ulterior motives.

“She needs money as she’s got medical ailments and no health insurance. She begged her family to help pay for an op after breaking a leg. Junior’s come about at just the right time.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty “ Them being together now is not good, especially as he’s got some money. He gets up past 2pm most days, he’s sounding in bad shape, whacked out. He got hooked on crack in the 90s.”

The friend said it happened after his mum took the family mansion when she split from Ali and he moved in with her: “She met some people who were doing coke. He became hooked.

“But they got into an argument, he told her he’s not living like it anymore. He got out and cleaned himself up.”

Smoking drugs was only the start­ of Ali Jr’s odd behaviour since his dad died.

It includes having a fling with an 50-year-old woman he met on Facebook, who claimed she was a medium and could speak to his dead father.

He met her in Kentucky and started three-way conversations with his dad, through the medium. The pal said: “She was full of s*** and just after his cash.”

But the confidant says his mum and the psychic lover will be disappointed thanks to his big sister Maryum.

The friend adds: “Muhammad is not capable of even paying bills, doing normal things, Maryum is level-headed­ and won’t let him screw up his share.

“Whatever he’s given, he has it in pieces. They’ve tried giving him money before, and he gets cheated out of it.

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