Boxer Johnny Tapia…Dead at 45

It’s being reported that Boxer Johnny Tapia has died.  He was 45 years old.

Albuquerque police were summoned to Tapia’s house at 7:45 PM Sunday by a family member who discovered his body.  As of now the death does not look suspicious.

Tapia is a 5-time world champ who’s life has been marred by tragedy.  His father was murdered while Johnny’s 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.

I personally met and had dinner with Johnny in 2005 and although he looked healthy it was known he had been struggling with a drug addiction.

An autopsy is pending.  R.I.P., Champ.

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