Pernell Whitaker dead at 55: Four-weight world champion dies after being hit by a car – The Sun

FORMER four-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker has died at the age of 55 after being hit by a car.

Whitaker, who fought the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez was killed in the accident in Virginia Beach in the US.

He started his boxing career in 1984, retiring in 2001.

During that time Whitaker became a four weight would champion, winning titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight divisions.

TMZ Sports have reported that a 911 call was made reporting the incident on Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.

The police attended the scene where Whitaker was reported to be in a serious condition.

Whitaker, who also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, died from his injuries.

There has been no word of the driver of the car and if any arrests have been made.

Fight fans posted on Twitter their upset after the news broke.

Kevin Iole described him as "one of the best ever to do it", meaning the sport of boxing.

Frankie O'Connor added that he was "one of the best defensive fighters to lace them up."

Carla Ja posted that boxing had "lost a legend".

Adam Abramowitz wrote: "We lost one of the great ones today. R.I.P. Pernell Whitaker.

"Just a tremendous fighter."

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