Former Olympic gold medalist and world champion boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker has died after he was struck by a vehicle.

The accident occurred on Sunday night in Virginia Beach, VA.

The legendary boxer was 55 years old.

"When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle," a police spokesperson said in a statement obtained by ESPN. "The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police."

It was in the 1980s and 1990s that Whitaker made a name for himself in the ring. He would take home a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics that were held in Los Angeles. Whitaker then went on to win world titles in four different weight classes.

The International Boxing Hall of Famer, who was inducted in 2006, was also known for his flawless defense. In 1989 he was named boxer of the year by Ring Magazine.

According to Whitaker’s youngest son, Devon, he believes his dad was “wearing dark clothes, the road was dark, and the driver didn’t see him.”

He described his dad as a “cool guy.”

"That's all I can say about him," he said. "I can't really say how I'm feeling because I'm feeling shocked. I'm still trying to process everything that's going on. But he was a cool guy."

Whitaker started his professional fighting career by winning 40 of his first 42 fights. He would retire in 2001 with a record of 40-4-1 as well as one no-contest. The southpaw ended the amateur portion of his career with a 201-14 record with 91 knockouts.

After retiring he spent six years working as a trainer.