Omar Henry Dies: Boxer Loses Match To Gall Bladder Cancer At Age 25
Omar Henry died from gall bladder cancer at the young age of 25, just one week from his 26th birthday. Omar Henry has a 12-0-1 welterweight record and hoped to one day become the undisputed champion of his class.
The light-middleweight boxer was pulled from a televised fight card scheduled for Showtime on November 16. Omar Henry went to the doctor feeling a sense of nausea just to discover that he had only weeks left to live.
When Omar Henry discovered he had Stage 4 gall bladder cancer he posted the news on his Facebook page:
“To all my friends and loyal fans I want to inform you all that I am fighting the fight of my life against a disease known as gallbladder cancer. While l’m in this current state I am fighting with my family by my side and I will not go down for the count. I am a champion who has chosen to fight not just for myself but for those who’s faith is believing in what u cant see, and i will continue to fight till I knock this sickness out. Your love and support mean the most to me, your prayers are prayers not only to me but to others like me. Please be advised l am grateful for any and all support in any kind of way please inbox me. My family has continued to be by my side, and its hard for them as well. I want to thank God for unconditional love and unconditional fans.”
According to Zap 2 It, Omar Henry was a “four-time Texas Golden Gloves champion and boasted an amateur boxing record of 60-5.” In an interview given after his cancer diagnosis, Omar Henry spoke about the tragic timing of these events.
“I was about to headline Showtime at 25-years-old, in the prime of my career. Now, I could literally be dead tomorrow, and this is the scariest thing I can think of. God has a purpose, and we can’t question God.”
According to Yahoo Sports, Omar Henry posted on Facebook in January that he hoped to make it to see age 26:
“I got less than 1 month left until my 26th birthday February 8. Hopefully I live to see it. I really have been getting a lot of support with kind words and prayers from all over the world with this battle with cancer. Thank you and I will continue to fight for us!!!!”
Omar Henry shared that he was receiving support and prayers from all over the world and vowed to continue to fight “till I knock this sickness out.” Omar Henry died Friday, February 1 in Chicago.