The autopsy on Pernell Whitaker has been completed — with officials saying the boxer died from “multiple blunt force injuries” in a car accident that has been labelled an “accident.”
TMZ Sports broke the story … the 55-year-old boxing legend was hit by a car while walking in Virginia Beach on Sunday night around 10 PM. Emergency responders raced to the scene and treated Whitaker but couldn’t save him.
The driver of the car was cooperative with police — and we’re told officials do NOT believe alcohol, drugs or speed was a factor in the incident.
As one official put it, “It appears to just be a horrible accident.”
Now, the Virginia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is releasing the topline results of the autopsy — telling us the obvious, “Multiple blunt force injuries.”
No word on funeral arrangement at this point — but we’re told several fans have created a makeshift memorial at the spot where Whitaker died, leaving flowers and other items to honor the boxer.
Pernell was widely considered one of the best boxers ever — winning titles in 4 different weight classes during his amazing career. He also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
Pernell Whitaker Dead At 55, Boxing Legend Hit By Car
Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker was killed Sunday night after he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach, TMZ Sports has learned. He was only 55.
We’re told officials received a call around 10:04 PM in response to an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.
When cops arrived, they located the man who had been hit by a vehicle who was in really bad shape — and our sources tell us that man was Pernell Whitaker.
Unfortunately, we’re told Whitaker succumbed to his injuries and died.
Cops are investigating. Unclear if the driver of the car was arrested.
Whitaker (who’s from Virginia) was a BEAST in the ring … winning world titles at 4 different weights — lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight.
Sweet Pea was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 — and is considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters of ALL TIME.
His pro career began in 1984 and spanned all the way through 2001, with an amazing 40-4-1 record including 17 knockouts.
He also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in L.A.