Boxer Omar Henry dies a week shy of his 26th birthday

Omar Henry, who died Friday, posted a message on his Facebook fan page that he hoped to live to celebrate his 26th birthday on Feb. 8.

Up-and-coming boxer Omar Henry died a week shy of his 26th birthday Friday in a Chicago hospital, shortly after being diagnosed with gall bladder cancer, according to fightnews.com.

On his Facebook fan page, Henry posted a message on Jan. 9, saying he hoped to live to celebrate his 26th birthday on Feb. 8.

"I really have been getting a lot of support with kind words and prayers from all over the world with this battle with cancer," he wrote. "Thank you and I will continue to fight for us!!!!"

Born in Chicago, he had an amateur boxing record of 60-5. Among several accomplishments was becoming a quarter finalist at the 2007 National Golden Gloves competition.

With a professional boxing record of 12-0-1, Henry had planned to switch to mixed martial arts in 2011, but later backed out of the decision.

A welterweight, Henry first learned of his cancer late last year, when he was scheduled to fight on Showtime. He felt ill, however, and after visiting his doctor it was discovered he had Stage 4 gall bladder cancer. Henry spent the last three months at University of Chicago Hospital.

In an interview with FightHype magazine in December, Henry said "Life and death has never come so close, especially since I was so close to the top and being close to the top of my career. I was about to headline Showtime at 25 years old, in the prime of my career. Now, I could literally be dead tomorrow, and this is the scariest thing I can think of. God has a purpose and we can't question God."

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