Police: 5-time champ Johnny Tapia found dead in NM
Sunday, May 27, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Police say five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has been found dead by a family member at his home in Albuquerque, N.M.
Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday.
The 45-year-old Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.
But his career also was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law. He was hospitalized for three days in 2007 after an apparent cocaine overdose.
Tapia last fought in June, defeating Mauricio Pastrana in an eight-round decision. He finished with a 59-5-2 record.
Gibbs says the death doesn't appear to be suspicious. He says an autopsy will be performed in the next few days.