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Boxer Johnny Tapia

Dead at 45

5/28/2012 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Boxer Johnny Tapia was found dead Sunday in New Mexico, this according to local police.

Family members say Albuquerque police were summoned to Tapia's house at 7:45 PM Sunday by a family member who discovered the body.

Cops say the death does not appear suspicious, but an official cause has not been determined.

Tapia is a 5-time world champ.  His life was marked by tragedy.  Tapia's dad was murdered while his mom was pregnant with him.  And when Tapia was 8, his mother was kidnapped, raped and hanged. 

Tapia was admitted to the hospital in 2007 in critical condition from a cocaine OD.  The day after he was admitted, his brother-in-law and nephew were killed in a car accident on their way to visit him.

An autopsy is pending.

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Eddie    

NHI.

696 days ago
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NMsunnews    

NEW MEXICO mourns a big loss rip T

696 days ago
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baretta    

That is one tortured life. RIP. Personally I would steer clear of the funeral.

696 days ago
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firebaby    

wow, what tragedy hasn't this family faced? RIP, my dearest condolences....

696 days ago
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DEDWUNZ    

That is extremely sad. What a heap of tragedy for one family to endure.

696 days ago
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Bridget    

Wow, he had a lot of sadness happen in his life. Poor man. RIP

696 days ago
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Jodi    

I am not into sports and have never heard of him but his life was marred with horrific events even before he was born and continued throughout his life. My heart and condolences go out to his family.

696 days ago
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ratched    

I'm not a boxing fan, but what an incredibly tragic life! RIP, Johnny. Sounds like you were due some peace.

696 days ago
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Phreaky    

So sad the way tragedy seems to hit some families so much.
RIP

696 days ago
10.

JiLL1    

What a tragic family history. May he R.I.P

696 days ago
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Savvy1    

What a horrific past! I've never heard of this guy but my heart just aches for him as a human being. Go in peace, you'll hurt no more.

696 days ago
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TRUTHER    

It sounds way more then your average death to me. With all of his history it sounds more like this mans family was marked a long time ago and if I was in his group of immediate family I would be seeking Government help on getting a new identity with protection. Serious stuff. Better hope its not big brother cause not much help you can count on then, other then your own trusty 45!

696 days ago
13.

SkaiLimit    

Wow, so sad!!!!

696 days ago
14.

Mike    

And you think your life is bad....

For most of us how can you read that story and not be happy with your own life.

696 days ago
15.

john214    

May he finally Rest In Peace. Boxing legend

696 days ago
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