Freeda was reportedly found unresponsive in her home near Houston, Texas, by a family member on Friday
The world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist, 70, shared a touching message about his daughter’s death to Twitter on Sunday.
He began by recalling how Freeda had wanted to follow in his footsteps as a boxer, quoting her telling him, “Daddy I want to box.”
His advice to her was to “get an education first” — something he was proud that she did. “She brought the bacon home (degree),” Foreman tweeting, adding a photo of the two of them at her college graduation from Sam Houston State University.
Freeda would eventually begin boxing professionally, taking on the sport in 2000 before retiring the next year with a record of 5-1. In addition to her education and her career, she was also mother to two kids with her husband and grandmother to three grandchildren, Foreman noted.
“First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda,” he lamented. “She’s with her maker now.”
“Just one more day I wanted,” Foreman, a father of 12, added. “Okay, one more year — aww one more decade.”
On Saturday, TMZ — citing law enforcement sources — reported that Freeda was found unresponsive in her home near Houston, Texas, by a family member. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE that officers were called to her home around 6:13 p.m. local time on Friday night.
“Atascocita EMS were at the home and determined the woman, Freeda George Foreman, was deceased,” police said. “Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide investigators also responded to the scene. Preliminary indications are that the cause of death is an apparent suicide. A final determination on the cause of death will be made by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.”