In 1990, he co-starred in Rocky V. In 1993, he defeated George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title. In 1996, he tested positive for HIV before a boxing match in Las Vegas. Within a year, he was stating HIV didn’t cause AIDS. In the late 2000s, he returned to the ring, briefly, and also claimed he didn’t have HIV at all—that earlier tests were false positives.
And in August 2013, Tommy Morrison died. He was 44. The cause of death was not disclosed. By any measure, the life of this Oklahoman sports star was one of extreme highs and lows, as well as baffling contradictions. He is survived by his wife, Trisha, and three children.