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Pernell Whitaker portrait

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Boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was killed Sunday night after being hit by a car in Virginia Beach.

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According to WTKR, News 3  the Norfolk native was hit near the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.

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A four-weight world champion and an Olympic gold medalist, Whitaker achieved worldwide recognition. After retiring from the ring, he found success as a boxing trainer.

Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

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He was 55 years old.

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