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Johnny Tapia

Autopsy Set in

Boxer's Death

5/29/2012 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Authorities will perform an autopsy on Johnny Tapia today -- two days after the former boxing champ was mysteriously found dead in his home ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the New Mexico Medical Examiner's Office has scheduled the autopsy ... which will include toxicology testing to determine an exact cause of death.

As we previously reported, the five time champ's body was found by a family member on Sunday evening. Police have said there was nothing suspicious about the death.

Tapia was 45 years old.

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Mad Monica    

Hope his goes faster than my husband's. WE have one medical examiner in the frigging state and it took six months for toxicology results so I could get my children their pension. RIP Johnny Tapia, you suffered a helluva lot of misery in your life but managed to try to do some good with it. Thanks.

875 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

Firstly, my profound condolences and prayers, for the family, friends, loved-ones, and fans of Johnny Tapia.

Plainly, a fearless warrior, who from a young-age
endured -Life- battle, after battle.

!Viva Johnny Tapia!

Daniel Twelve;1 is HERE,
Zechariah Twelve;8 is NOW,
St. Mark Twelve;36 is NOW,
Psalm2;012 is NOW:
The Most Blessed Christ King YESHUA reigns!
ALL, for The Greater Glory of The True and Living YAHWEH!

875 days ago

V Kint    

There was enough tragedy for several lifetimes in this guy's 45 years.

R.I.P. Johnny.

875 days ago

Sienna Sacha    

This guy dying is about as much of a surprise as if the headline read, Lohan or Bynes died. . . live like an idiot, die like an idiot. . .such as life. .

875 days ago


Maybe his 'dad', Jerry Padilla, should go next. Coward. Morally absconding on your duties as a father. Hang.

875 days ago

Jay W.     

Too young... RIP Tapia

875 days ago

Pompano Ann    

I hope now he will be at peace, poor thing dealt with some demons! RIP Johnny!

875 days ago

Don't feed the Trolls    

RIP Johnny Tapia. Crazy life.

875 days ago



874 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Rest in Peace Johnny. I never heard of you til you died and read your obit. I am so sorry your life was beyond horrible but you got through all the events and were truly a great boxer. I hope you are finally at peace in Heaven, for you could never find it on Earth. Condolences to his family and friends.

874 days ago


For the couple of you saying horrible things, You have no right. Not until you actually know him. Life was hard, people do make mistakes. Life happens but that doesnt mean that anyone who has passed on doesnt deserve respect. No one knows the truely loving man he is and was till they have met him. Hes family, its so hard seeing this everywhere, seeing all the horrible things people have to say on every website. Some people like Sienna, Eddie. You need some respect

874 days ago


Despite a troubled life this man had amazing talent and heart. It saddens me that despite his troubles that the work he has put into the gym for the community to help kids and the most biggest heart just don't get recognized. You see and hear of Olympians, Basketball and Football players who also have additctions and it is sad that kids, parents, etc don't realize that all these casual or occasional users can easily take complete control of your life and destroy everthing you have, family, carreers, lifes etc. This man was a amazing talented boxer. One that took many hits, so, for one to assume that this death is caused by a OD is sad. I certainly hope it isn't so. His death could have been caused by head injury etc. He opened a gym in the community to help kids and his community, always giving to homeless. Did you know that this man was known to bring homeless home and feed them? Did you know this man would pay for hotel rooms so people would not freeze during the winter? Did you know this man would have a jam packed audience who supported him? Did you know this man would see you in the grocery store and talk your ear off and greet you with the biggest smile? NM lost a amazing fighter and a man who despite a troubled childhood, despite his addictions with trying to deal with his childhood , made a amazing and I mean amazing boxer. It was a honor to meet you and to see you in the ring many times. NM will never forget you, nor will the many men who lost against you in the ring. Find peace my brother and may you be reunited with your mother...

874 days ago

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