HOWARD DAVIS JR. DEATH NOT SANS FIGHT

THE HOWARD DAVIS I REMEMBER

Howard Davis Jr.

Howard Davis Jr.

San Francisco, CA– When I learned that 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis passed a few days ago from Lung Cancer, I was relieved….for both Howard and his family. Suffice to say there are a lot of ways to check out of this Hotel we call Life. But dying of Lung disorders, I’ve witnessed many, it is a painfully, incredibly horrific way to die.

TALKED VIA FACEBOOK AS GENARO “FACTOR” LOOMED

We clicked a little back and forth since the diagnosis, but I couldn’t push myself to ask for any of his limited time to talk or do radio. This had a lot to do with my interviewing Genaro Hernandez 36 hours or so prior to his being KO’d by guess who, yeah Cancer. I was in tears as Genaro acknowledged death was imminent. Like Howard Davis, Genaro didn’t smoke or drink.

DEATH WAS GONNA BE QUICK

While it was clear that the Grim Reaper had reserved a room for the 56 year old as the Stage 4 Diagnosis meant weeks and then on his last legs just a fortnight ago, I just couldn’t push myself to contact Howard. And much like Genaro and SHO Box announcer Nick Charles, Howard fought Cancer like the greatest of champions, something I’m not so sure this writer is man enough to do.

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