Omaha, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison died Sunday night in Omaha. He was 44.
Also known for portraying the role of Tommy Gunn in “Rocky V”, Morrison’s cause of death has not been released, according to his promoter Tony Holden.
“It’s true,” Holden said, confirming the boxer’s death. “He was with his wife Trisha when he passed.”
Last week, Morrison, who had tested positive for HIV when he was 27, was in declining health and on a ventilator and feeding tube.
As an up-and-coming fighter in 1989, Morrison was cast as Tommy “The Machine” Gunn, in “Rocky V.”
Morrison added to his legend by winning the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title in 1993 with a 12-round victory over George Foreman.
However, his license to fight was when he tested positive for HIV three years later.
Morrison’s son, Tim, said the boxer’s family is hoping that he will be remembered for the excitement he brought to the sport, rather than for his downfall.
“Try being 20 and a millionaire,” Tim Morrison said. “You’re not always going to make the most wise decisions. Tommy was way too young to have all the money and fame that he had. That was his whole problem. He had the world by the [tail]. And he blew it.”