Both boxing and Rocky fans suffered a major blow with the loss of Tommy "The Duke" Morrison, who passed away during Labor Day weekend at the age of 44.
Morrison is probably best known on the big screen as Tommy "The Machine" Gunn in 1990's Rocky V, where his character was mentored by Sylvester Stallone's eternal underdog champion Rocky Balboa -- aka the Italian Stallion --, who retired from the ring due to brain damage. However, Tommy sided with boxing promoter George Washington Duke (Richard Gant) against Rocky -- leading to a climactic street fight between Rocky and Tommy, with the Italian Stallion as the winner once again.
After Rocky V, Tommy became the champ for real when he beat George Foreman in 1993.
Three years later, though, he was tested for HIV-positive and was banned for boxing for 10 years. However, Tommy and his wife Trisha stated the diagnosis was false, as he attempted a comeback back in 2006; his record was 48 wins (42 knockouts), three losses and one draw.
Over the next two decades, Tommy has had run-ins with the law, which includes charges of assault, weapons violations and several DUIs, along with a two-year prison term in 2000, which was then followed by another year due to a parole violation.
Cause of death has yet to be determined.