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Former world champion Whitaker died at the age of 55



Former US world champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to police. He is 55 years old.

Whitaker is a world champion in four divisions – WBC lighter, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA middle class. He retired in 2001 after setting a 40-4-1 record including 17 knockouts and then working as a coach.

A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Whitaker was named boxer this year by Ring magazine in 1989. He also won the Olympic gold medal in 1984.

Whitaker was pronounced dead at the Virginia Beach crossing on Sunday night after police were called to the scene of the accident, a police report said.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and the accident was still under investigation, added the police.


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