Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker, 55, has died, according to TMZ.
Pernell Whitaker Dead At 55, Boxing Legend Hit By Car https://t.co/JS3SVNEpIe— TMZ (@TMZ) July 15, 2019
The southpaw boxer was hit by a car on Sunday night in Virginia Beach.
Whitaker, also known as "Sweet Pea," was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 and is considered one of the best boxers all all time. He won titles at lightweight, light welterweight and light middleweight.
I am saddened to learn of my good friend and Olympic teammate Pernell Whitaker's untimely passing last night.— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) July 15, 2019
We share so many great memories. He was small in statue but yet so big in heart and skills inside the ring, there will never be another like him, he will truly be missed pic.twitter.com/IqmXkqpqkG
He fought between 1984 and 2001 and retired with a 40-4-1 record, including 17 knockouts. He also won a gold medal at the 1985 Summer Olympics.
I’m truly lost for words to hear Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is no longer with us. He was a flawless fighter. Condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/pZZEceN7h2— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 15, 2019
Whitaker fought Anthony Jones in 1991 at Caesars Palace; Rafael Pineda in 1992 at the Mirage; and Oscar De La Hoya at the Thomas & Mack Center in 1997.
The driver stayed on the scene. Police are still investigating.
Before there was Floyd Mayweather— Undefeated Podcast (@podundefeated) July 15, 2019
There was Sweet Pea
R.I.P Pernell Whitaker pic.twitter.com/FRGDPNMyun