Another weekend, another opportunity for the celebrity death train to keep on rolling grimly down the tracks. As children of the 1980s, we were saddened to learn of the death of You Can’t Do That On Television star Les Lye on Friday. Well, he died Thursday, but we learned about it on Friday. He was 84, so luckily he had the opportunity to live a full, rich life.
Former champion pro boxer Vernon “The Viper” Forrest, sadly, did not. Only two weeks after former champion boxer Arturo Gatti died/was killed/committed suicide/shuffled off this mortal coil, Forrest was shot and killed Saturday night during an attempted carjacking in Atlanta.
Vernon Forrest’s most notable fights came in 2001, when he beat Shane Mosley to win the WBC welterweight title and then defended the title in a bout against Mosley six months later. He subsequently twice won the WBC light middleweight title, and was training for a comeback when he met his untimely demise.
Forrest had stopped at a gas station to put air in his tires when he was robbed at gunpoint. As if that wasn’t bad enough, things went all wrong from there according to the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION:
A male suspect approached Forrest and robbed him of a few items at gunpoint, he said. Forrest, who was also armed, then chased the suspect to an area near McDaniel and Fulton Streets.
Forrest was shot seven to eight times in the back, Meadows said. Meadows said there is evidence Forrest used his weapon but did not know if the suspect was shot.
An 11-year-old boy, described as a godson by Forrest’s manager Charles Watson, was in the Chevron at the time of the robbery.
As if a random senseless murder wasn’t bad enough, an 11 year old’s life was damaged forever. No one, let alone an 11 year old child, should have to witness the murder of a loved one. Just another reminder that the world sucks sometimes. Condolences to Forrest’s friends, family, and loved ones.