Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 4:01 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Former middleweight boxer and athlete turned fiery political activist Murphy McLaren, alias “Jihad,” has died at the age of 59.
A source close to McLaren’s family confirmed with Breaking Belize News a short while ago that McLaren suffered a heart attack at his farm in the Cayo District.
Very little else is known at this time.
McLaren first came to attention a few decades ago as a champion boxer in the middleweight class.
More recently he has been active with the Belize Progressive Party, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) and his own Commoners movement in his native Port Loyola.
McLaren and former COLA President Geovannie Brackett pressed civil prosecution, unsuccessfully, against former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality Elvin Penner over the Won Hong Kim affair in 2014.
McLaren is survived by numerous relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
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