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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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46.

John Silva    

It may be messed up to say, but take it from someone who's been there. At least he's at peace now. He's lived a tragic life and had to live with those burdens. At least with God, he will not have those burdens.

846 days ago
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jim Tasker    

being from albuquerque I've been very proud to call johnny Tapia new mexicos greatest boxer, he was a great man, he's been through alot, and came out of alot.. we will all miss this great fighter and great man

846 days ago
48.

Northerner    

wow, i hope this guy can finally rest in peace as nobody deserves it more! such a life filled with loss and heartache. RIP Johnny

846 days ago
49.

lee    

@ peace @ last.

846 days ago
50.

thepalmergroup@earthlink.net    

Hell of a fighter ! RIP

846 days ago
51.

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846 days ago
52.

leadfoot24    

we in the 505 will miss you and so will the kids you helped . ruff life but a damn god man . r.i.p . albuquerque's best boxer we miss you you are in gods arms now .

846 days ago
53.

sean    

The last line of this story should've been, "And you thought your life was hard." RIP, Johnny.

846 days ago
54.

Tracy    

Wow, that is one tragic life. RIP...

845 days ago
55.

Lauren    

Johnny was loved by so many regardless of his issues. He was kind, generous and loving. He will be
sorely missed and my prayers go out to his family.
New Mexico lost is greatest embassador!

845 days ago
56.

Paul    

I was a past resident on Tennessee st and Los Volcanes NW off Coors Rd and my heart goes out to all victims in Albuquerque. We must all remember that the violence and senseless murders effect us all. I wish to someday return to Noon Day and have a feast amongst all patrons! I hope god will touch people who still walk and can convert their rage into love. Mr Paul

844 days ago
57.

enuffisenuff    

He was NOT a positive role model. He was into boxing for money. He chose to do drugs, he chose to not quit. He OD'd on coke after a fight because he could not handle losing a match. He lacked taking responsibility and accountability for his actions. He met his real father 2 years ago and still was not satisfied. He only thought about Johnny Tapia. He wanted a pity party. Just because he was nice or helped out kids at times in between drug usage doesnt mean he was a good person. I would not want my child to look up to him. Plus, he chose a career that harmed other people. Boxing is only legal because it has to do with a hell of a lot of money. I do not consider him a champ, but I do consider him just another loser.

844 days ago
58.

James    

Jesus is still the way and the Devil is a liar, Many sympathies to Family and Friends.

844 days ago
59.

Joe Martinez    

Johnny's father is ALIVE here in the 505

843 days ago
60.

Tracy Lalonde    

What a tragic end to all the horrible violence in his life. I wonder if he died from cocaine O.D. or from too many punches to the head which has been happening a lot lately.

825 days ago
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