Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison passed away late Sunday night in an Omaha, Neb., hospital at the age of 44. According to Morrison’s promoter and friend, Tony Holden, he died at 11:50 p.m. with his wife, Trisha, beside him.
Morrison’s boxing career came to a screeching halt in 1996 when he tested positive for HIV in 1996 before a match against Arthur Weathers. In the subsequent years after testing positive he denied have the deadly virus and doubted that it even existed. The highlight of Morrison’s career came in 1993 when he defeated George Foreman to win the WBO heavyweight title, later losing it to a relatively unknown Michael Bentt.
His boxing license was suspended in 1996 by Nevada after he tested positive for HIV, and was banned from the sport he loved by every other sanctioning body. Morrison was born in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma.