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Joe Frazier the former world heavyweight Champion of the world has died from cancer. He was 67 years old. Joe’s family alerted the media of the information earlier this evening. 

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The news broke on ESPN during the Monday Night Football game. 

Earlier this week we reported the champ was in Philadelphia facility being treated for cancer. The former heavyweight champion was diagnosed just four or five weeks ago.

The family issued a statment saying: 

“We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as “One of God’s Men,” on the eve of November 7, 2011at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.

Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father’s home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding. “

Joe Frazier will truly be missed.