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.