Freeda Foreman, boxing icon George Foreman's daughter and former middleweight boxer, dies aged 42
While the cause of her death is yet unknonw, there have no reported comments from her father nor from her husband.
Legendary boxer, George Foreman's, 42-year-old daughter, Freeda Foreman has passed away, and the report was confirmed by a family member who found her unresponsive at her Houston-area home. While the cause of her death has not been revealed, officials who await for a report from the coroner's office, said foul play is not suspected. A former middleweight boxer, Freeda's career-though short- was not entirely supoorted by her parents, who did not want to see their daughter on the ring.
According to a TMZ report, George would even pay his daughter to get off the ring. Freeda who began boxing professionally as a middleweight in 2000 and won her first 5 fights before losing her sixth bout in 2001, had the chance to play at the most six professional fights between June 2002 and November 2001. She was one of the many contemporary second generation boxers, who were competing against each other, and these fighters mostly included other daughters of former heavyweight champions were fighting like Jacqui Frazier-Lyde and Laila Ali. She finally retired from boxing with a a record of 5-1 (3 knockouts) after losing to Evelyn Rodriguez in a split decision.
Freeda was probably aware that her father did not want her to get into the ring. As stated in a report by GuardianLV, she had once confessed during an interview with London Mirror that her father did not want any of his children to see his boxing matches. He felt the children needed to be protected from that world. George himself had retired from the ring in 1977, although his career was still at its peak, and became an evangelist. However, he would once again return in in 1987 at age 39 and found immediate success. He finally retired from boxing in 1997, with a final career record of 76 wins (68 by knockout) and 5 losses. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
As for Freeda, who was born in 1976, she had eagerly followed her father's footsteps to the ring. After retirement, she began to focus on personal matters and was most recently known to have been an advocate for reform of the American justice system, saying on her Twitter bio that she aside from "being a good mother, wife, and friend, I aspire to make a positive difference in our American Criminal Justice System." As one of Geroge's children, she has appeared in several documentaries with her father and an episode of 'King of the Hill' in 2003. There are no reports of Geroge's reaction to his daughter's death yet, but she is survived by her parents, 11 siblings, husband, and two daughters.
Many are mourning her loss, with friends and family members posting their state of distress on social media:
Rip Freeda foreman ! 🙏🏽 this shit hurt me when I heard the news 😓— Dez (@AlmightyDez_) March 9, 2019
Oh no, that's horrible. 😢— Stef ☮ (@VG_Stef) March 10, 2019
My thoughts go to the family Foreman and their loved ones.
Rest in peace, Freeda Foreman. 🙏