George Foreman’s boxer daughter Freeda is found dead at 42 in Houston-area home
George Foreman’s daughter Freeda, a professional boxer, was found dead at the age of 42 by a relative in her Houston, Texas-area home.
Police told TMZ Saturday they are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death, and that no foul play is suspected.
Freeda is survived by her husband and daughter, as well as 11 siblings.
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The latest: George Foreman’s daughter Freeda, a professional boxer, was found dead at the age of 42 by a relative in her Houston, Texas-area home
She began her boxing career in the middleweight ranks in 2001, beginning with a five-match winning streak – with three knockouts – that lasted until the following year, when she was defeated in her sixth match.
She subsequently retired after the loss, and according to the outlet, her famed father paid her to end her in-ring career.
She opened up to The New York Times in February of 2000 about her career in the ring, telling the paper that her father did ‘not exactly embrace’ her efforts.
‘He flat out doesn’t like it,’ she said in the interview, which took place before her string of fights. ‘But I do have his love and support. That’s what counts.’
Throwback: Freeda was seen in this March 2000 photo promoting a boxing match in Las Vegas
Fighter: Freeda began her career with a 5-0 record before her first defeat in 2001
In a biography description on her Twitter page, Freeda wrote, ‘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.’
According to a LinkedIn page under her name, Freeda had been attending Sam Houston State University, where she studied criminal justice.
According to iMDb, Freeda had appeared in a number of TV documentaries, including 2002’s Relatively Speaking: George Foreman, and in 2004, Beyond the Glory and 10 Things Every Guy Should Experience. She also provided vocals on a 2003 Family Guy episode.
Focused: Freeda was snapped in 2000 at a press conference in Las Vegas
Icon: The two-time world heavyweight champ smiled in a social media post
George, 70, is father to 12 kids, with seven daughters and five sons, the latter of whom are all named George.
The famed boxer twice held the sport’s world heavyweight champion, as he first held it from 1973 until losing it in 1974 to the late Muhammad Ali, and a second time in 1994 when he beat Michael Moorer to become the sport’s oldest world heavyweight champion ever.
He’s also closely identified with the George Foreman Grill, a popular home cooking appliance that hit the market in 1994, and has sold an estimated 100 million units since.