Friends Say Boxing Trainer Emanuel Steward Is Dead, Family Says He’s Alive

Emanuel Steward

Contradicting reports over whether legendary boxing figure Emanuel Steward has passed or is hospitalized, surfaced Thursday morning (October 25).

While TMZ.com reports that the 68-year-old boxing trainer/HBO commentator has passed, via his friends, his sister has reportedly told WXYZ ABC News that he is alive and currently hospitalized.

Emanuel’s sister, Diane Steward-Jones, issued a statement, via text, to ABC News, saying the family is “greatly disheartened” by false rumors of his death.

“You can tell folks that he is alive and being treated by some of the best experts in the world,” Diane said. “The Steward family is dismayed and greatly disheartened and disappointed that during this personally challenging time, people would callously and thoughtlessly run wild with untrue statements in order to garner their ’15 minutes of fame.’

“Where is the moral compass of those seeking to capitalize on this situation? Does anybody take the time to check out the facts anymore?” she continued. “Many of those issuing reckless statements have our phone numbers, as well as Emanuel’s office number and yet, they haven’t called, just issued statements that are terrorizing Emanuel’s children, siblings and relatives that aren’t able to be here at the hospital.”

Steward has been battling an unspecified illness over the past few months and the family has asked for prayers for his recovery. Late Wednesday (October 24), The Detroit Free Press reported that Steward recently underwent surgery for diverticulosis, a disease of the colon.

Stay tuned for updates…

Throughout his career as a trainer, he’s worked with the likes of Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Thomas Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer, and James Toney, among others.

Steward began training boxers in 1971, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 and is also a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He has also served as a ringside analyst for HBO’s coverage of boxing for many years.

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