Former heavyweight champ Frazier in hospice with liver cancer
"Smokin'" Joe Frazier knocks down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round of "The Fight of the Century" on March 8, 1971, in Madison Square Garden. Frazier retained his title.
November 5th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Former heavyweight champ Frazier in hospice with liver cancer

Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is seriously ill and in a hospice in Philadelphia, his business manager says.

The 67-year-old Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago, Leslie Wolff says.

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  1. banasy©

    I know what his family is going through, and they have my sympathy.

    Joe Frazier is a unique man.
    My best wishes to him.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It makes me terribly sad to see a great champion become weak, and to know that he is mortal.
    Let us celebrate his greatness.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joan

    Joe, you are a legend in Philly and we love you. We know you are a strong man in soul and spirit and will give cancer the fight it deserves. Peace and love!

    November 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    Joe, You inspired many people in always moving forward and to never give up no matter what. I will always remember your battles in the ring. I always admired your tenacity and spirit to keep trying no matter what anybody said.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George

    America and the world loves a champion, and Joe Frazier is one of the greatest of them all. Hope you can win this one Smokin Joe.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    Say it ain't so Joe! You are a legend!!

    November 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. german sosa castañeda

    at the end we must fight our last battle, don't give up, you were a warrior and strong fighter.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Retarded Child

    The THRILLA IN MANILA 🙂 Frazier was strong then and he WILL be strong now! 🙂

    November 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Retarded Child

    I wanted to say more but something I said wouldn't allow me to post
    I still love the Doc-u-mentary (When we were kings) tho 🙂

    Saw the reason why my previous didn't post

    You GO Fraizer!!!!!!

    November 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill in NJ

    Will never forget the thrilla in Manila. Our thought are with you Joe. Keep punching!

    November 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)

    Smokin' Joe,
    You'll always be remembered as one of the greatest. You've got this one more fight to win. The last bell ain't rung yet. Fight on.

    November 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Baltazar Torres

    In Mexico, we have so much respect for Joe Frazier. A true champion,a true warrior. Fight that cancer!

    November 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    Awwww man God bless u Joe.

    November 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beth Craddock

    My thoughts and prayers for Smokin' Joe and his family. When you were in Manila for that fight with Ali, most of us Filipinos were in your side because we identify with your fighting style and remind us of the our character as a people. Fight and keep moving forward in doing so. NO sneakiness, no retreat Go bless, the original Rocky.

    November 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Liver cancer is what took my beloved Grampa out. Hos pice is wonderful and will allow Mr. Frazier to exit with grace and dignity. As it should be.

    November 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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