By Dave Quinn, People
Posted March 18th 2019
The world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist, 70, shared a touching message about his daughter’s death to Twitter on Sunday.
He began by recalling how Freeda had wanted to follow in his footsteps as a boxer, quoting her telling him, “Daddy I want to box.”
His advice to her was to “get an education first” — something he was proud that she did. “She brought the bacon home (degree),” Foreman tweeting, adding a photo of the two of them at her college graduation from Sam Houston State University.
Freeda would eventually begin boxing professionally, taking on the sport in 2000 before retiring the next year with a record of 5-1. In addition to her education and her career, she was also mother to two kids with her husband and grandmother to three grandchildren, Foreman noted.
“First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda,” he lamented. “She’s with her maker now.”
“Just one more day I wanted,” Foreman, a father of 12, added. “Okay, one more year — aww one more decade.”
Daddy I want to Box,”Get an Education first” I said, well she Brought The bacon home ( degree) 2 Kids 3 Grands (Husband) First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever. Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade!
On March 9th, TMZ — citing law enforcement sources — reported that Freeda was found unresponsive in her home near Houston, Texas, by a family member. The outlet said that police are awaiting a report from the coroner’s office to determine Freeda’s cause of death, but do not suspect foul play.
Houston’s NBC affiliate KPRC-TV reported that sources said officers with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were called to her home around 6:13 p.m. on Friday night.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and reps for Foreman did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.