Former heavyweight boxing legend Leon Spinks dead at 67

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. has died after battling prostate and other cancers, a spokesman said on Sunday.

He was aged 67 years.

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According reports, the former boxing heavyweight champion died Friday night.

The report added that, his wife, Brenda Glur Spinks, and a few close friends and other family members were by his side when he passed away.

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Leon Spinks, a former Marine who became a gold-medal Olympic boxer had once defeated Muhammad Ali in a title fight in 1978.

Spinks retired in 1995 at the age of 42 with a pedestrian 26-17-3 record, including 14 knockouts. Much of his post-boxing life was marked by substance abuse, subsistence jobs and obscurity.

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