RICHMOND, Va. — Former professional boxing champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker was hit by a vehicle and killed on Sunday night in Virginia Beach.

Whitaker, 55, was a four-weight world champion, having won titles in four different weight classes. In 1989, he was named fighter of the year by "The Ring" magazine.

Whitaker was born in Norfolk.

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Virginia Beach police said in a news release that a call came in at 10:04 p.m. Sunday for a pedestrian hit at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. Officers arrived to find Whitaker, who had been hit by a vehicle and succumb to his injuries at the scene.

Police said the investigation is still active.

Photos: 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker through the years

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