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Default Johnny Tapia Found Dead

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My goodness. This guy's life sounds horrible.

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Despite his brilliance in the ring, he was far better known for a life story that was far stranger than any fiction novel could ever be.

An 89-word passage from his 2010 autobiography, "Mi Vida Loca," probably best sums up the sad life of this small, troubled and talented man.

"My name is Johnny Lee Tapia. I was born on Friday the 13th. A Friday in February of 1967. To this day I don't know if that makes me lucky or unlucky. When I was eight I saw my mother murdered. I never knew my father. He was murdered before I was born. I was raised as a pit bull. Raised to fight to the death. Four times I was declared dead. Four times they wanted to pull life support. And many more times I came close to dying."
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I saw this earlier today also, it's too bad. Even with all his problems outside the ring people still spoke quite fondly of him, and he was a hell of a fighter. Between this and the Paul Williams accident yesterday it's been a rough couple of days for the sport of Boxing.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:03 PM
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loved watching this guy fight ... i was gonna make this thread earlier, but i figured a few would come in and talk about how he was a coke addict etc ... instead of just saying RIP ...

RIP Johnny!!
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So much success in his professional life, yet so much sadness throughout his personal life.
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It was when the gym doors were closed and the lights were turned off that Tapia couldn't win. Death was his constant companion. His mother was raped, stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver and chained to the back of a truck. When he tried to tell family members what he saw, no one believed the 8-year-old until it was too late.
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