Joe Frazier, who died in late 2011 at 67, would have been 73 this week. Fox29, however, seemed to forget that during an early broadcast Wednesday in which anchors wished the late boxer a happy birthday.
“Philadelphia boxing legend Joe Frazier is celebrating his birthday today,” Fox29 anchor Karen Hepp said Wednesday morning. “Happy Birthday, Joe. He’s going to be meeting with friends and supporters at City Hall this evening to honor championship youth boxing teams and coaches. … He turns 73 years old today."
Co-anchor Thomas Drayton added that Frazier “really is a legend,” as well as “such a force.”
Frazier died in November 2011 after a battle with liver cancer. He was buried in the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia after a ceremony at the Elon Tabernacle Baptist Church. His birthday was Jan. 12, which is Thursday.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Joe Frazier's gym, which was named a national historical site in 2013. The city debuted a statue of the legendary boxer in 2015.
A “Celebration of Champion Youth and Championship Life Coaches” will take place at City Hall on Wednesday night in honor of Frazier’s 73rd birthday. The event is not open to the public.