Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Former Jamaican boxer, Duran 'The Professor' Williams, passed away on Wednesday after suffering his second stroke in two years.
Williams, who resided in New York, went into a coma on August 27, and was brain dead, before being declared deceased on September 4.
Williams was 46-years at the time of his passing and leaves behind three children - two girls and one boy - who will be celebrating his birthday on the 14th.
"We are torn up real bad because it happened so suddenly," his younger brother by one year, Cornel 'Shorty' Williams, who was also a boxer, shared.
"His mom passed in August and was laid to rest on the 24th and Duran went into the hospital on the 27. It was the pressure, he couldn't take it as everything was on him.
"The kids have donated his organs because they were still going, just his brain had stopped."
Williams will be laid to rest in New York, but a date has not yet been decided on.
"I am hoping for the funeral to be on the 14th (September), but some of the kids are talking about the 21st."
'The Professor' got started in boxing at the Gun Court Boxing Gym in St Catherine and represented Jamaica at international competitions such as the Pan Am Games, where he won a bronze medal.
Williams started out in the light-middleweight category, before moving up to light-heavyweight division. He left Jamaica for Florida in his early 20s.
His first manager was Trevor Berbick, followed by Mike Klein and then Don King. But while working with Don King he got divorced and his career began going downhill.
At age 28, Williams had attempted to then become the fifth Jamaica-born fighter to win a world title after Mike McCallum, Trevor Berbick, Lloyd Honeyghan and Simon Brown.
However, he lost out in the International Federation light-heavyweight title fight to German champion Henri Maske by a unanimous decision.
Williams had earned the right to challenge for the title by maintaining an unbeaten record since he had turned professional in 1989 and went into the fight with a record of 15 wins, zero losses and one draw, with 10 of his fights having ended inside the distance.