The boxing world is in mourning with the news of Omar Henry’s passing this morning from gall bladder cancer.
The 25-year-old junior middleweight fighter was diagnosed with the disease in November when he was forced to pull out of a scheduled national TV appearance on Showtime. The diagnosis was Stage 4 cancer.
Henry chose to deal with his illness publicly, making regular updates to fans and well-wishers via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
On Thursday, Henry would make his final post vowing to continue fighting.
To all my friends and loyal fans I want to inform you all that I am fighting the fight of my life against a disease known as gallbladder cancer. While lm in this current state I am fighting with my family by my side and I will not go down for the count. I am a champion who has chosen to fight not just for myself but for those who’s faith is believing in what u cant see, and i will continue tofight!!!!!and fight!!!!!and fight!!!!!till I knock this sickness out. Your love and support mean the most to me, your prayers are prayers not only to me but to others like me. Please be advised l am grateful for any and all support in any kind of way please inbox me. My family has continued to be by my side, and its hard for them as well. I want to thank God for unconditional love and unconditional fans. Thanks again Omar Henry
Henry’s final ring record is 12-0-1 (9 KOs).
Those seeking to make donations for Henry’s final arrangements and family can do so at OmarDHenry87@gmail.com.
At press time, funeral arrangements have not been announced.
I can’t even imagine the mental devastation of having your life completely changed in just a matter of months. From being a robust, healthy athlete to losing massive amounts of weight and being told by a doctor that your death is imminent.
Through it all, Henry never lost his will to live.
When someone passes from cancer, we routinely say they “lost” their fight with the disease. In Henry’s case, the inspiration he provided people with his poise in the face of his final fight ensures his spirit remains unconquered.
Rest in peace, Omar.