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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.



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goldenaxe79    

Sad news to wake up to. I met Tommy when I was a young kid while he was training in reno for the joe hipp fight. My father talked to him several times even advising him on how to handle George forman. Tommy was one of the most down to earth, friendly, and caring fighters I have ever met, and I have met many. He fought in tuff man contests lying about his age when he was only 14 and putting the hurt on lol. He will be missed and not forgotten.

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billybob    

Tommy 'the Gun' Morrison, a good fighter.

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JenniferErinn31    

RIP Tommy...prayers go out to your family & friends!!

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Brooklyn78    

RIP

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mrharrybawls2012    

Morrison died at the same age as porn star John Holmes....44. AIDS is a horrible way to die and I'm surprised there hasn't been a cure yet.

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olu32    

May he Rest In Peace

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KARMA K    

Im very sorry to his Wife,family and friends! RIP now,no more pain!

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mrharrybawls2012    

What an embarrassing loss that was for Foreman. Proving once again he is no Muhammad Ali. Like the sunglasses in the ring after the fight too....oh dear.. cheesy.

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D-INCARNATION    

John Wayn's gonna kick his a$$ wen he gets to heaven

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Scary    

He was delusional about being HIV positive. And his wife claimed they had unprotected sex - since they/he didn't believe that he had it.

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Megaman456    

I havent seen any rocky movies yet

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shanice    

I actually feel sorry for him in a way. Not only was he diagnosed with HIV, he was always informed that he was negative for the virus years later and now we find out that he passed from the full blown AIDS virus. I just read an interview with him earlier this year and there was no mention of him being sick. Plus, years ago, he and his then ex used a sperm washing technique to have a child .. where the sperm was recycled to remove the virus. So I question if he was even positive at that time.
The medical community failed Tommy in many ways but also, the day he tested positive for this virus he should have taken very good care of his health. People can live years with the virus but Tommy admitted in previous interviews that he had used drugs and alcohol and nobody knows for sure if he even sought treatment with the anti-viral medications.
Rest in Peace, Tommy Gunn.

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28.

Rodney Berry    

Sad that he had such, may have gotten it fighting with another mans blood all over you/him is another cause of contraction I am sure, it could be the case! For evidence undeniable that the God of Tommy Morrison has now gathered Tommy and has clued Tommy in on the Fight plan and is preparing His earth for His retaking of it, go to the websites now mentioned below in past yahoo news/facebook commentary... It has Begun ... Our Lord's science has proved His mystery and instead His children of Science deny Him while reaping the benefits of His delivered Knowledge! For evidence that He and He alone brought forth Science go to the Proof in the news and science page, and the Targum page and the Proof of His healing in painting and verse page on the website at google search of Adam and Eve seed gathering Ministry!

Also on the Prophecy and the Signs page are the prewritten news events of this day prewritten three years ago and some more, and are now falling each week, such as the Japan quake and tidal wave, and the DC/Virginia Beach Virginia quake our Lord Jesus the Great scientist/physician brought on the same day as the unveiling of the martin luther king statue { with as we speak more quakes are coming to DC/V.Beach } also the record disturbances on the Suns surface all prophecy before their taking place so all of Science and Theology will know the Minister of the site is sent John 13:20 and a Righteous man! Many other signs listed there have come and are coming for this sounding to Science of God's Mystery being now finished by Science Revelation 10:7 for other proofs contact the minister for questions or more answers! Also go to the site at Adam and Eve in Action blog at google search, and therein are videos and links and pages of undeniable evidence that our Lord now prepares His earth for His retaking of it Matthew 5:5 and 25:34 Rev:5:10 and 21:3-4.... Respect to all scientists of Adam/God's seed/of Science/Nasa

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Mickey    

Last I heard he was misdiagnosed with HIV. Unless something has changed then someone needs to bring it up.

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mommyto1    

I lost a friend to AIDS. He was dumb and had unprotected sex from a female who had HIV. His denial of having HIV is what killed him. He refused to take his antiviral medications. He died a slow and agonizing death from pneumonia just2 years after being diagnosed.

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