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Ex-heavyweight champ Morrison dead at 44

 

TULSA, Oklahoma (AFP) September 2, 2013, 12:26:27 PM EDT

 

George Foreman (L) of the US fights compatriot Tommy Morrison during a bout on June 7, 1993. Morrison, who was diagnosed with the HIV virus that causes AIDS in 1996, has died, the Tulsa World reported on Monday. He was 44.

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Tony Holden, Morrison's former promoter, told the newspaper that the fighter, who appeared in the fifth Rocky film as the main rival for Sylvester Stallone's fictional fighter, died on Sunday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

A cause of death has not been revealed by the family or authorities.

In 1996, just before Morrison was to have fought in Las Vegas, he was suspended after testing positive for HIV.

Morrison finished his career 48-3 with one drawn and 42 knockouts.

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