WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Marvelous Marvin Hagler, the undisputed middleweight champion of the eighties, died Saturday in his New Hampshire home at age 66.
- The controversy before his death surfaced after fellow boxing great Thomas Hearns turned to Instagram to ask for prayers for Hagler as he was “fighting the after effects of the vaccine.”
- In a follow-up story, Hearns explained that his previous post was not an anti-vaccine message.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler who became the undisputed boxer under the middleweight division in the 1980s, died of undisclosed causes Saturday night in his New Hampshire home. He was 66.
Hours before Hagler died, there was a buzz about the possible cause of his death.
Fellow boxing legend Thomas Hearns posted on Instagram that Hagler was “fighting the after effects of the vaccine” before the 1980s Fighter of the Decade ultimately passed away.
“A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family.. he’s in ICU fighting the after effects of the vaccine! He’ll be just fine but we could use the positive energy and Prayer for his Full Recovery !” Hearns wrote.
Hours after Hearns asked for prayers, Hagler’s wife Kay announced that the boxing champ had died but did not immediately mention the cause of death.
“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time,” she wrote on social media.
A post on Hagler’s website said that the legendary fighter passed away of “natural causes.”
“We are very sad to report that Marvelous Marvin Hagler died on March 13 of natural causes near his home in New Hampshire. He was a champion until the end. His family asks for privacy at this time of sorrow,” the message said.
Hearns’ first post prompted anti-vaxxers to post messages on social media even though Hagler’s cause of death was not announced.
In a subsequent Instagram post, Hearns made it clear that he wasn’t making an anti-vaccine message.
“Allow us to have our peace. Our love and respect to Marvin and his family, this is not an anti vaccine campaign … It’s outrageous to have that in mind during the passing of a King, Legend, Father, Husband and so much more,” Hearns wrote.
Hagler became the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987. He had a record of 52 knockouts during his career. He beat other boxing heroes including Hearns, Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Source: Fox News