BREAKING: Former Olympic & World Champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker Passes Away At Age 55

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Just gut-wrenching news for the boxing world.

On Monday, it was reported that Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker had tragically lost his life after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained there with police.

Via Pilot Online:

Reached Monday morning by phone, his youngest son, Devon Whitaker, was shocked after hearing his dad died last night.

“I guess he was wearing dark clothes, the road was dark and the driver didn’t see him,” said the 23-year-old.

He said his dad was a “cool guy.”

“That’s all I can say about him,” he said. “I can’t really say how I’m feeling because I’m feeling shocked. I’m still trying to process everything that’s going on. But he was a cool guy.”

Whitaker was an Olympic Gold Medalist, Undisputed Lightweight Champion, Super Lightweight and Welterweight Champion.