Posted: 10:03 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
By Rick Couri
Morrison’s mother told EPSN in late August her son had “full blown AIDS” and has been near the end for months.
Diana Morrison said the man once known as “The Duke” had been bedridden for a year and has only been kept alive by a ventilator and feeding tube.
The Tulsa World reports Morrison’s former promoter Tony Holden confirmed the former champion died Sunday night in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tommy Morrison was only 44 years old.
Morrison was born in Arkansas but spent his youth in Jay, Oklahoma. He took the boxing world by storm when he exploded onto the scene in the early 1990’s.
The pinnacle of his success came in June of 1993 when he beat George Foreman in a 12 round decision to claim the World Boxing organization heavyweight title.
In October of the same year Morrison lost the title in a bout at the Tulsa Convention Center to a fighter with little publicity named Michael Bennt.
Morrison was preparing for a fight in February of 1996 when he was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Less than a week later Morrison appeared at a news conference in Tulsa where he confirmed he had tested positive for AIDS.