Boxing Legend Pernell Whitaker Sadly Passes Aged 55
Legendary boxing champion Pernell Whitaker has sadly passed away at the age of 55 after being hit by a car in Virginia Beach.
He was hit by a vehicle on Sunday night and later died of his injuries with the city's police department confirming his death on Monday.
"The decedent has been identified as 55-year-old Pernell Whitaker," the statement reads. "This remains an active investigation, no further information is available at this time.
"On Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 10:04 p.m., Emergency Communications received a call for vehicle/pedestrian accident in the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.
"When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle. The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police.
"This case is still very active. Traffic on Northampton Boulevard westbound has been shutdown. The roadway will be closed for traffic for approximately two hours. Traffic within this area is being rerouted at this time as officers from the department's FACT Team investigate this fatality accident.
"Police are asking you to avoid this area if possible. This case remains under investigation by members of the Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT). No other information is available at this time. This release will be updated as soon as information becomes available."
The boxing family has mourned the death of the former four-weight world champion. From Eddie Hearn to Floyd Mayweather.
Rest in eternal peace Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker - IMO the greatest defensive fighter of all time :pray: pic.twitter.com/55KnItMmSq
- Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 15, 2019
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The best lightweight I ever saw passed away today. Yes, that includes Roberto Duran, Floyd Mayweather, Ike Williams, and anyone else you want to mention. RIP Pernell Whitaker.
- Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) July 15, 2019
Very sad to hear the news about Pernell Whitaker today.
RIP Champ. pic.twitter.com/gqf41jo6IO
- Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) July 15, 2019
One of the best to ever lace up the gloves and gone far too soon. RIP Pernell Whitaker :heart: pic.twitter.com/ERAktyfpqR
- Kalle & Nisse Sauerland (@SauerlandBros) July 15, 2019
View this post on InstagramR I P champ, one of the best fighters to ever do it. This photo was taken 7/13/19.
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Whitaker won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and went on to win world titles in four divisions. He's widely considered the greatest lightweight in boxing history.
As a professional, he beat the likes of Diosbelys Hurtado, Julio Cesar Vasquez, Jake Rodriguez, James 'Buddy' McGirt, Rafael Pineta, Harold Brazier, Jorge Paez, Azumah Nelson, Jose Luis Ramirez, Freddie Pendleton, Roger Mayweather, and Greg Hauge
Whitaker also lost a controversial fight to Oscar De La Hoya late in his career,.
Rest in peace, "Sweet Pea".