The daughter of boxing legend George Foreman, Freeda Foreman, was reportedly found dead over the weekend. She was 42.
A spokesperson for the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in Texas said her cause of death appeared to be a suicide, TMZ reported on March 11.
Her official cause of death has not yet been revealed by a coroner, however law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told TMZ that Freeda appeared to have died by asphyxiation.
Freeda Foreman, daughter of iconic boxer George Foreman, was found dead at her Atascocita home Friday night, according to sources.
She was found unresponsive in her home in Atascocita on March 9, and homicide detectives said that no foul play was suspected in her death, ABC13 reported over the weekend.
Father Speaks Out
George Foreman, meanwhile, paid tribute to his daughter on Twitter on March 11.
“Daddy I want to Box,’Get an Education first’ I said. Well she Brought The bacon home ( degree) 2 Kids 3 Grands (Husband),” he said.
Daddy I want to Box,”Get an Education first” I said, well she Brought The bacon home ( degree) 2 Kids 3 Grands (Husband) First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever. Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade pic.twitter.com/q6mMSBxWqE
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) March 11, 2019
“First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever. Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade [sic],” he added.
Freeda Foreman was a former boxer herself and had a 5-1 record before retiring in 2001, reported the Houston Chronicle.
“Dad never wanted any of his kids to see him fight,” she said in 2000, Yahoo News reported. “He always protected us from that world.”
Freeda was reportedly paid to quit boxing by her parents. Her father was a former heavyweight champion who fought Muhammad Ali and other greats.
She is one of Foreman’s seven daughters, and she has appeared in documentaries about him. Meanwhile, she also lent her voice to the Fox animated series “King of the Hill.”
She’s survived by her husband, two daughters, three grandchildren, her parents, and 11 brothers and sisters. All of her brothers are named George, and Freeda’s middle name was George, too.
Freeda said via her Twitter biography: “Aside from my love of family, being a good mother, wife, and friend, I aspire to make a positive difference in our American Criminal Justice System.”
Other details about her death aren’t clear.
If you are in an emergency in the U.S. or Canada, please call 911. You can phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1 800 273 8255. Youth can call the Kids Help Phone on 1800 668 6868.
In Australia, the suicide prevention telephone hotline at Lifeline is 13 11 14. You can also visit the Lifeline website at lifeline.org.au. Youth can contact the Kids Helpline by phoning 1800 551 800 or visiting headspace.org.au/yarn-safe
Celebrities Lost So Far in 2019
Luke Perry, who appeared on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died on March 4 days after he suffered a stroke.
The actor died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California, his representative told several news outlets, including The Associated Press.
Former “Airwolf” star Jan-Michael Vincent died on Feb. 10 at the age of 74 after suffering cardiac arrest in North Carolina. News of his passing was only released on March 8.
Peter Tork, the bassist, singer, and self-described “dummy” of The Monkees, died on Feb. 21, 2019, at the age of 77. The announcement of his passing did not include the cause of death; however, Tork had experienced an on-off battle with a rare tongue cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, since an original diagnosis in 2009.
Albert Finney, best known for his roles in “Skyfall” and “Tom Jones,” died at age 82 from a chest infection on Feb. 7 at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Finney’s family said on Feb. 8 that the longtime actor “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”
Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote: “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”
“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali died on Friday, January 25, after a battle with terminal cancer. She was 29.
Former “Top Chef” contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to her: “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote
Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television died of natural causes early on Jan. 15, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 97.
Comedian and actor Bob Einstein died on Jan. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Daryl Dragon, or “Captain” of pop group Captain and Tennille, died on Jan. 2 of renal failure in Prescott, Arizona, aged 76, with his wife, Toni Tennille, by his side.