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'Rocky V' Star Tommy Morrison

Dead at 44

9/2/2013 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tommy Morrison
-- a former heavyweight boxing champ and star of "Rocky V" -- died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night ... after a long battle with AIDS.

Morrison's longtime boxing promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the death. He tells TMZ, Morrison had been in the hospital for several months battling an illness ... he wouldn't specify what. He died peacefully, his wife by his side.

Back in 1996 Morrison tested positive for HIV, thus ending his boxing career. He later denied having the disease or that it even existed.

In 1990 Morrison starred in "Rocky V" with Sylvester Stallone, playing a rookie boxer training under Rocky Balboa. In 1993 he took home a real title, defeating George Foreman for the heavyweight championship.

He was 44.



Tommy in "Rocky V":

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Janielle37    

DAMN! I thought this guy died years ago from AIDES.

228 days ago
2.

o_O    

Wow. That's sad. He was good in Rocky V

228 days ago
3.

Jballs     

RIP

228 days ago
4.

amyd    

He denied that AIDS existed? Okay. Must have had some gay encounters that he didn't want to admit to.

228 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

He was going to be one of the best.at 12 years old he was beating grown men. His nick name was the duke so people thought he was john waynes nephew

228 days ago
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latestdiets.net    

too much AIDS is never a good thing.

228 days ago
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jarhead333    

Aids got the tko on his ass.

228 days ago
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nof    

It's a spectacular career.


Amazing how-prepared Morrison was for Foreman.


Praise to Tommy for a job and life well-done.


Praise also to Sly -


For all of the peeps Sly has helped along the way.

228 days ago
9.

nof    

Amazing thing about this clip?


Morrison's attitude and game-plan:


"You might beat me - but not by KO and not with the right hand."


Again praise to Sly for recognizing and bringing the most obscure people (Mr. T) to mainstream.


Always thinking - Sly's mind, always working.

228 days ago
10.

Carl    

I wonder if his denial kept him from getting proper treatment.

228 days ago
11.

bernergirl    

Do they drug test in boxing now? Or is it just frowned upon?

228 days ago
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demoncat    

that is so sad to learn he has passed on for liked him in rocky v showing he could hold his own with stallone. plus also remember his fight with foreman. sympathy to his friends and family for their loss.

228 days ago
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powerfulStuff    

What a horrible way to die RIP

228 days ago
14.

buzz kill    

Damn! That sucks. R.I.P.

228 days ago
15.

Pablo Escabar    

Pillow biter

228 days ago
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