According to CBSSports.com via a newspaper report, former Heavyweight Champion Tommy Morrison died at the age of 44 on Sunday September 1 in Omaha Nebraska.
ESPN reported that Tony Holden, Morrison’s longtime promoter, passed away 10 minutes before midnight with his wife Trisha by his side.
In 1996, Tommy Morrison tested positive for HIV before a bout with Arthur Weathers. While Morrison had a second positive test, he disputed having the disease and “challenged the existence of the virus.”
An interview in 2011 with ESPN.com, Tommy Morrison’s family shared telling details about his life and hospital visits. It’s clear that Tommy’s mom Diana, believes that Tommy had HIV and states during the interview that he has full blown AIDS. In 2011, she said the Tommy was in his final days.
During Tommy Morrison’s fight career, he had a meteoric rise into prominence. In 1990, he starred in Rocky V as Tommy Gunn.