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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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31.

Rachel    

Sad that this happened, but truth is Tommy refused HIV medication, because he convinced himself he didn't have the disease. Had he taken the right medications, he may have been alive today. It doesn't really matter at this point. Sad story and his suffering is over, his mother said he had been suffering for awhile now. RIP Tommy.

384 days ago
32.

lilly    

so sad he never got to fight again...here is info on his wife who always believed him :s
http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/trisha-morrison-boxer-tommy-morrisons-wife/

384 days ago
33.

alphatino48    

RIP Tommy!

384 days ago
34.

Jopazoha    

Sadly I have a family member who was diagnosed almost 8 years ago. He was into drugs back then and caught it by injecting himself with a needle however; he did not reject the diagnosis that he had it and has taken medication ever since. He met a wonderful woman who turned his life around. He now counsels teenagers and has been clean for almost 6 years. I asked him what the hardest part of his journey has been. I was shocked to hear that "acceptance" was his biggest demon not the hospital visits and the medication.

384 days ago
35.

Judgemyjokes    

I'm still not convinced Tommy has HIV. Let him fight again!

384 days ago
36.

TK215    

Here is a link to his last fight against Corey Williams. This bout was Muay Thai rules. http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ultimate_Explosion_12__The_Last_Stand/352

384 days ago
37.

sborn2013    

No good..

384 days ago
38.

pbcjoe925    

They could've used a better pic of the guy .. but, anyway, roids and unsafe sex is all fun & games until someone drops dead (not that this will stop others since it NEVER has yet)!

384 days ago
39.

kedjr    

He almost fought Mike Tyson until he tested positive but I thought years latter he proved there was a mix up with his blood or something that proved he didn't have aids Damn so sorry he died thoughts and preys go to his wife and family

384 days ago
40.

TheUglyTruth    

Who the **** dies of AIDS?! Two pills a day keeps it in HIV and you live just fine. What a dumb ass

384 days ago
41.

gioudis    

Wasn't he John Waynes grandson?

384 days ago
42.

Rick LaChapelle    

There you go again tmz! Reporting LIES!! Morrison did NOT have AIDS! Yes, he did have HIV, but there is a difference! I hope the Morrison family sues you for everything you are! Goodbye tmz!

383 days ago
43.

victor    

Another cracka spreading Aids oops Hiv

383 days ago
44.

bill    

he must not had much money cause i know for sure you can live normal life with aids if you are rich it just takes so many pills aday that only people like magic johnson can afford them

383 days ago
45.

bill    

he must not had much money cause i know for sure you can live normal life with aids if you are rich it just takes so many pills aday that only people like magic johnson can afford them

383 days ago
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