- Boxing world mourns as Leon Spinks who defeated Muhammad Ali at 67
- Spinks battled prostate cancer for five years before giving up on February 5
- Brenda and Cory, his wife and son among those around him in his final moments on earth
Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, who became famous for beating the great Muhammad Ali in 1978, has died at the age of 67.
The boxer, who won 26 out of his 46 professional fights, was confirmed dead on Friday, February 5 in the presence of his family members including Brenda his wife, and Cory his son - also a former world champion.
Sources reveal that the late American boxer has been battling prostate cancer for the last five years before eventually passing away earlier this weekend.
Born in July 1952, Spinks won the Olympic gold in Montreal in 1976 - two years before his famous triumph over Ali and became the undisputed heavyweight world champion as a professional.
According to The Mirror, he had only fought just seven times before upsetting Ali after 15 hard-fought rounds. However, seven months later, he lost the rematch to Ali, who won with a convincing unanimous decision.
He lost his next challenge for a world title three years later when he was stopped by Larry Holmes and he was also defeated by Dwight Muhammad Qawi when he dropped down a division later in his career.
Leon's brother Michael also rose to the world champion level, holding the undisputed light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985 and the lineal heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988.
Briefly.co.za also reported that Patricia De Lille recently headed to Twitter to announce the passing of her husband Edwin De Lille. According to her heartbreaking post, Mr De Lille died on Sunday, 7 February following a long-term illness.
"It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Edwin de Lille. He passed away late last night after a long illness. We were married for 49 years and he was a true partner and supporter, always giving me the freedom to pursue my work in serving the country," she sadly captioned the post.
Soon many South Africans took to the comment section to share their condolences as well as messages of support and encouragement with the politician and her family.
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