Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker dies aged 55

Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker has died at the age of 55 after he was hit by a car on Sunday night, TMZ reports.

The incident occurred in Virginia Beach at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.

Officials were notified at around 10:04 PM and when they arrived they found a man who was said to be in very "bad shape" following the accident.

TMZ sources have revealed the man was Pernell Whitaker and that the injuries he sustained were fatal. It is believed that he died at the scene.

It is not yet known if the driver of the vehicle was arrested but he did reportedly stay near the site of the incident to speak with police.

Whitaker - affectionately known as Sweet Pea - was a former four-weight world champion and considered one of the greatest boxing champs of all time.

The incident is still under investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department.