In a shocking followup to word yesterday that a family feud might be brewing over the fate of former KC boxer Tommy Morrison‘s body came this startling text from his “widow” Trisha this morning:
“Today Tommy will be cremated~as per HIS wishes,” it begins.
“Each special person that meant alot to him in his life will receive a keepsake memory neckace with boxing gloves filled with his ashes. Those that receive them will have a piece of him for the rest of their lives. Whether they are in church praying or at a fight ringside or LEGALLY smoking pot in Colorado (!) Tommy will be there with them in every state and every part of the world and will be remembered.
“He did NOT want a funeral service or burial.
“There will be CELEBRATIONS OF TOMMY’S LIFE in old fight territories:
“Vegas~Tulsa~Atlantic City~Kansas City and as far as the UK and Australia and with hopes of also at Canastota BHOF.
“Locations and dates and times to be confirmed.
“Trisha will be there to answer every question and concern about the last few years and days and hours of his life. Even if just one fan shows up at each location Tommy would have given the time of day to that person.
“I will be bringing a “message from the Duke” that we were unable to get out before his passing.
“His BOXING shoes are off ~and his GLOVES are not “hanging up” but will be worn by special people.
“Your support to get The Duke remembered in Canastota would be appreciated.
“GOD BLESS The Duke.
“Trisha for Tommy Always.”
A photograph of Morrison’s boxing shows accompanied the text.
“I was just shaking my head,” Bayer says. “When I got that first text message, I couldn’t believe it.”
Fortunately Bayer received a followup text from Trisha a few minutes ago.
“I have stopped all cremation arrangements and Tommys wishes,” it begins. “This is due to pressure from ‘loving family’ and from ‘Tony Holden.’
“I will be signing cancelation notice today and Tony can coordinate with his ‘loving family” on all their wishes.
“I’m sorry Tommy ~ but I don’t want to be a part of this. I didn’t give up on you. I just couldnt stand the evilness of it all.
“Trisha for Tommy.”
Hust like that one of the weirdest world tour funeral services ever was stopped in its tracks.
“My take is that Tony Holden came through and saved the day for the family,” Bayer says. “I don’t think there’s any question about it that he’s going to be handling this thing now and that brings tears to me eyes. When I got that first text I couldn’t believe it.
“You know what, man. People can say when they want about Tony Holden but he came through today.”