Mon May 28, 2012, 10:06 PM
alp227 (20,417 posts)
Johnny Tapia, Champion Boxer Amid Chaos, Dies at 45
Source: New York Times
Johnny Tapia, a prizefighter who won world titles in three weight classes in a chaotic life that included jail, struggles with mental illness, suicide attempts and five times being declared clinically dead as a result of drug overdoses, was found dead at his home in Albuquerque on Sunday. He was 45.
The Albuquerque police said an autopsy would be done in the next few days. Foul play is not suspected.
Tapia, who was 5 feet 6 inches, said the raw fury he displayed in winning his world titles came from the horrific memory of seeing his mother being kidnapped and murdered when he was 8. He said he saw every opponent as his motherís killer.
Less than a year after his motherís death, he recounted, his uncles were making him fight older boys in matches they bet on. If he lost, they beat him, he said.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/sports/johnny-tapia-champion-boxer-amid-chaos-dies-at-45.html
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Mon May 28, 2012, 10:14 PM
Warpy (69,095 posts)
2. He was a pretty good guy who paid back the community
for all the good things he got after his nightmarish childhood. He just had his demons and tried to numb them with booze and drugs.
He was a real hero to a lot of people here in town, someone who took his childhood rage and turned it into something positive, a career in boxing. The sport probably allowed him to live as long as he did before either drugs got him or his heart gave out from years of cocaine.
He'll be missed.