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In this Feb. 20, 2007 photo provided by Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Center, Tommy Morrison is shown in Chester W.Va. Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie "Rocky V," has died. He was 44. Morrison's former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died Sunday night, Sept. 1, 2013, at a Nebraska hospital. (AP photo/Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Center, Charles Saus)

Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison has died at the age of 44. Morrison was known for his role as Rocky Balboa's apprentice in "Rocky V."

The Wrap reports the boxer's former promoter, Tony Holden, told the Tulsa World that Morrison died Sunday night in Omaha, Neb. The cause of Morrison's death was not disclosed.

"He was with his wife Trisha when he passed," Holden said.

Prior to a bout in 1996, Morrison tested positive for the AIDS virus and had his boxing licence suspended before he returned to the ring 11 years later and won his last two professional bouts.

The Wrap says Morrison had a record of 48-3-1 in his career with 42 knockouts. His career highlight was beating George Foreman in 1993 to take the World Boxing Organization title.

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