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Former U.S. world champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to police.
A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Whitaker was named boxer of the year by Ring magazine in 1989.
The 55 year old boxer also won an Olympic gold medal in 1984.
The boxer was pronounced dead at a Virginia Beach intersection on Sunday night.