Monday, July 20, 2009

Family And Friends Gathered To Say Goodbye To Former Boxer Arturo Gatti

Mirella Gatti, right, sister of former boxer Arturo Gatti, arrives at her brother's visitation with her family, at Magnus Poirier funeral home in Montreal, Sunday, July 19, 2009. Arturo Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in Brazil on July 11. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

From Canadian Press:

MONTREAL — Friends and boxing-world colleagues said goodbye to former fighter Arturo Gatti on Sunday, filing slowly passed the closed coffin that rested under one of the welterweight's world championship belts, a pair of white boxing gloves and a massive wreath spelling out his nickname - 'Thunder' - in red flowers.

In fact, every wall in the north end Montreal funeral home was covered from floor-to-ceiling in elaborate flower arrangements from fans and well-wishers. Bouquets surrounded a photograph of the former boxing champion flashing his trademark winning smile.

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