It was announced early this morning that undefeated middleweight prospect Omar Henry passed away. The 25-year-old learned he had gall bladder cancer when he routinely went to the hospital to get examined for pains in his side. For nearly three months he was hospitalized at the University of Chicago, fighting for his life.
Henry defined what the word fighter means. Inside the ring the up-and-coming light middleweight was 12-0-1 with 9 wins coming by way of knockout. He had heavy hands, strong will, and an unrelenting heart.
Despite the early success he found in his career, he maintained the humility that drew fans across the world to him. He fought simply to pursue what he loved doing, and one day aspired to be a world champion.
At 25-years old Henry expired way before his time; but in the short period of time the boxing world was privileged enough to become familiar with the name Omar Henry, he had become quite the inspiration.
Never shying away from an opponent inside the squared circle, Henry stood toe-to-toe with the cancer and fought hard for his life. Through his hospitalization he never asked the world to feel sorry for him, but often thanked his loyal fans for their ongoing support and prayers.
Although Omar Henry was never given the chance to raise the world championship belt above his head, crowning the most sought after achievement in boxing, he is, and always will be, recognized as a champion to boxing fans worldwide.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry family now.
The following was posted on his facebook account this morning:
To all of Omar’s loyal fans and friends today Omar has made peace with our savior God and joined him in heaven. Thank you all for your prayers and support. And please let’s continue the name Omar Henry because that’s what he would want
2/8/1987-2/1/2013 R.I.P Omar D Henry
Again loyal fans and friends please send any donations to [email protected]
Thanks all for your support
The following was posted on his official facebook account before his passing:
To my friends and loyal fans. I thank you all for the good wishes and prayers. As of right now my situation has got difficult for myself and my family. I am in need of everyone’s support due to my financial struggle. My family is in need of any help possible. Therefore I am asking for any kind of help any amount will be appreciated. Please if you can send any donations to [email protected] Which is my Paypal email that all funds will help me fight this fight. And God can grant me more time to see my birthday. Again please send any thing that touches your heart to this email:
Through your Paypal account.
Thank you again. My love is to all my friends and loyal fans.