Morrison was diagnosed with HIV in 1996, after the Nevada Athletic Commission conducted a pre-fight blood test on the former heavyweight champion. Throughout his life, Morrison took a number of tests for the virus, many of which turned up negative. In the years leading up to his death in 2013, Morrison continued to fight professionally with controversy swirling around the boxing world about his health.
Morrison last fought on February 9, 2008 in Mexico where he defeated Matt Weishaar (6-2-2, 4 KOs) via a third round technical knockout. On September 1, 2013, it was reported that Morrison died of cardiac arrest, resulting from multi-organ failure due to septic shock caused by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Morrison was 44-years-old at the time of his death.
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