- Boxing great George Foreman paid an emotional tribute to his daughter Freeda
- Professional boxer Freeda died at the weekend and was found in her Texas home
- Police said she died in an apparent suicide and was found hanging by a relative
- Heavyweight champion said he wanted ‘just one more day’ or ‘one more year’
- Also described telling her to get an education when she said she wanted to box
Boxing legend George Foreman’s daughter Freeda, who was found dead in her home at the weekend, died in an apparent suicide, it has been reported.
The 42-year-old, who was a professional boxer, is thought to have been found hanging by a relative, police said.
She was discovered in her home in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.
Today a spokesperson for the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in Texas told TMZ Freeda died in an apparent suicide.
George Foreman paid an emotional tribute to his daughter in the early hours of this morning, saying he wanted ‘just one more day’ with her.
The 70-year-old world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist shared a touching message about his daughter’s death to Twitter.
In the late-night Twitter post, Foreman shared a graduation picture of Freeda, explaining how he told his daughter to get an education before pursuing a career in sport.
Freeda joking with her trainer while posing for a portrait at America Presents Gym in Denver. She was found dead at the weekend
Freeda (right) 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
George posted his heartfelt tribute on Twitter with a graduation picture of Freeda expressing his pride at her achievements
He described the pain of spending his first Sunday without his daughter, adding, ‘she’s with her maker now’.
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.
He said: ‘First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s with her maker now…Just one more day I wanted okay, one more year aww one more decade.’
Freeda is survived by her husband and daughter, as well as 11 siblings.
Foreman also described how Freeda ‘brought the bacon home’ after he told her to get an education before becoming a boxer and she graduated.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Daddy I want to Box,’Get an Education first’ I said, well she Brought The bacon home ( degree) 2 Kids 3 Grands (Husband) First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever. Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade.’
Police told TMZ on Saturday they are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the official cause of death, and that no foul play is suspected.