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Tommy Morrison Passes Away At 44

Tommy Morrison passes awayAccording to ESPN.com, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, who claimed to be the grandnephew of John Wayne, has passed away at 44 years of age.

Morrison is best known for his role in Rocky V as Tommy Gunn, Rocky’s student who turns on his teacher for the promise of money and fame. His best win as a boxer was in 1993 when he outlasted George Foreman to win the WBO Heavyweight championship. He also impressively knocked out Donovan “Razor” Ruddock in 1995. He then faced Lennox Lewis who had recently lost his world title and Lewis knocked him out in six rounds.

In 1996, Morrison failed a test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for HIV. His career was over, but he was taking his antiviral medication and claimed the virus was undetectable. Morrison then began claiming that his original HIV test was a false positive. He even fought once each in 2007 and 2008.

Just last month, Elizabeth Merril wrote a piece about Morrison’s mother and wife and how they were coping with Morrison, who now had full-blown AIDS and was on his last legs.
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