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Source: Donald Barnes / Radio One Detroit

He was an Olympic Gold Medalist, and won world boxing titles in four different weight classes, but this past Sunday July 14, he laid in a Virginia Beach intersection dead after being hit back a car while riding a bicycle.

Pernell Whitaker, better knows to the world as “Sweet Pea” was struck and killed at age 55.

An emergency call came in Sunday night about a vehicle-pedestrian accident and when officers arrived at the scene, they located an adult male who was hit by a vehicle.

“Sweet Pea,” 55 was born in Norfolk, was identified at the scene.

Police said the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene, and said the victim was wearing dark clothes and the driver said the road was dark, and he just didn’t see him.

Tributes started to pour in for “Sweet Pea” as news broke about his death.