Former Boxing Champ Tommy Morrison, Who Beat Foreman, Dies at 44

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Former Boxing Champ Tommy Morrison poses for a portrait in Los Angeles in 2007. Close

Former Boxing Champ Tommy Morrison poses for a portrait in Los Angeles in 2007.

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Former Boxing Champ Tommy Morrison poses for a portrait in Los Angeles in 2007.

Tommy Morrison, who defeated George Foreman to win the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title and co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the movie “Rocky V,” has died, the Associated Press reported.

Morrison was 44. The AP quoted his manager, Tony Holden, as saying the former boxer died last night at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Morrison twice tested positive in 1996 for HIV. The AP said today that Morrison’s family did not disclose the cause of death.

Morrison had a career record of 48-3-1. He defeated former champion Foreman in 1993 in a 12-round bout.

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