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“His spirit is always here,” Klitschko said. “I can hear his voice in sparring while doing things, whispering in my ear. As the famous saying goes, `The show must go on,’ and that’s exactly the case.”

Steward also trained actor Wesley Snipes for his role as a boxer in “Undisputed” and appeared briefly with Lewis in “Ocean’s Eleven.”

Steward worked since 2001 as a boxing analyst for HBO, sharing his rich knowledge of the sport and warm personality with a younger generation of fans.

“Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty,” HBO Sports President Ken Hershman said. “His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing.”

HBO Sports commentator Jim Lampley _ a friend of Steward’s since the early 1980s and broadcast partner for more than a decade _ said Steward’s wisdom and common touch made him special.

“He was the most loyal, generous, positive spirited, broadly accepting man I’ve ever known,” Lampley said. “He had a positive impact on everyone he encountered.”


AP Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg contributed to this report.


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