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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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46.

RRIII    

BREAKING NEWS FROM TRISHA MORRISON REGARDING THE "CAUSE OF DEATH" AND TO RESPOND TO THE TMZ ARTICLE ABOUT A SUPPOSED "DEATH CERTIFICATE" -- GET THIS OUT THERE, EVERYBODY:
* Tommy's body has NOT been cremated; there is, as reported elsewhere, a family dispute over whether to cremate him. Trisha is for cremating him, and it should have been done by now.
* While it is technically true that there has not been an autopsy of the body, Trisha requested -- and got -- Tommy's blood drawn for a "blood autopsy," for an electron microscopy analysis, which they're stalling about. They had previously lost a blood sample -- very strange, to just lose a sample of blood with an allegedly high "viral load" of some supposedly infectious agent -- so she's wondering what's happening to this one.
* Trisha herself has not seen the death certificate yet, but TMZ claims it has.
* The doctor told her that the cause of death was going to be this respiratory acidosis, metabolic acidosis, and organ failure that has been reported elsewhere -- not this "septicemia." (But he had "sepsis" from the gauze left in him from a previous surgery.) He said he was going to write the acidosis and organ failure information, but apparently he changed his mind to this "septicemia" idea.
* Results of a CBC blood test taken just prior to death did not show any "metabolic acidosis," but the arterial blood gases test did indeed show "respiratory acidosis."

361 days ago
47.

RyanBodman    

He did not die from AIDS ok! HIV is a total HOAX and has never been isolated with the EM test. Any time someone with this fake diagnosis dies from ANYTHING, these dumb doctors and the corp media calls it AIDS!

361 days ago
48.

RyanBodman    

HIV does not cause AIDS, ok! The only way to isolate a virus is to purify it and take an electron micrograph. They've never done that with HIV. HIV is a huge multi billion dollar drug industry. People die from the drugs! And if they die from anything, the media always likes to call it AIDS! This man did not die from a killer virus called HIV... and you people need to get your facts straight before you start posting crazy presumptions like this on the internet!!!

361 days ago
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