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Mike Tyson

I'm a Vicious Alcoholic ...

On the Verge of Dying

8/24/2013 12:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Tyson
has not been living the sober life ... not by a longshot ... in fact he says his alcohol addiction is so dire he's on the "verge of dying."

Tyson dropped the bombshell at a press conference Friday in New York ... telling reporters he's been lying to everyone for years about staying sober.

He confessed, "I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don't wanna die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I'm a vicious alcoholic."

Tyson -- who has been in and out of rehab over 3 times -- said he's been drug and alcohol free for 6 days now and never wants to drink again.

The 47-year-old former champ was in New York to promote his upcoming fight card with Iron Mike Productions.

A rep for Mike tells TMZ ... "Unfortunately Mike has made some mistakes recently but fortunately he now recognizes them and is willing to fight his way back to the road of recovery."

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1.

Ginger    

Go Mikey!!!

339 days ago
2.

Sunnyboy    

In a way I feel sorry for this man. He had the means to do so much good through his boxing talent, instead he piss it all away , I just don't know why us black folk just never learn.

339 days ago
3.

Shotokan500    

The one punch champions whole career was a joke

339 days ago
4.

JiLL1    

This guy has a lot of demons. Hope he gets help not just for the substance abuse but also for his obvious self loathing.

339 days ago
5.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

Let him drink himself to death. Moron chose to drink like there's no tomorrow. I have no sympathy for losers who choose alcohol or drugs.

339 days ago
6.

August    

Another 12-Step religious AA/NA cult "HIGHER POWER" Treatment Industry....FAILURE!

A REAL 'HIGHER POWER" would work 100% of the time...NO MATTER WHAT!

339 days ago
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August    

Why is the 12-Step religious AA/NA cult's "HIGHER POWER" FAILING SO MANY PEOPLE?

Isn't it a REAL "HIGHER POWER"?

339 days ago
8.

NobodySpecial    

He's been sober for SIX DAYS. That really shows you he's not going to screw up and go back to being a drunk. SIX DAYS !

339 days ago
9.

The Executives Wife    

I'm rooting for you Mike!

339 days ago
10.

rosemaryxoxo    

Never too late to ask for help, good luck Mike

339 days ago
11.

t.r.    

Never liked this guy. Abuser of women, bully, just plain stupid. Good riddance.

339 days ago
12.

Susanlsmith    

Don king robbed him bankrupt

339 days ago
13.

hellooo!!!    

Luv ya Mike!

339 days ago
14.

samael    

This douche bag sees women as punching bags and consider 's rape as foreplay, my heart bleeds that he is a dumb ass drug addicted alcoholic ex-felon wife beater.

Perhaps not beating women should be on the ist of things to change about himself in this epiphany from hell.

Nope..Dumbass tyson is the champeeen abuser of women!

339 days ago
15.

Comanchegurl    

GOOD LUCK!!!!

339 days ago
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