Troubled ex-champ Tapia found dead

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Troubled five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his Albuquerque home Sunday night, police told KOB-TV. Tapia was 45.

Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Robert Gibbs said officers were called to Tapia's house about 7:45 p.m. after a family member found a body there, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Gibbs said the death did not appear suspicious and that an official cause of death would be determined following an autopsy.

Albuquerque-born Tapia's life was dramatic and often tragic. His father was reportedly killed before he was born and his mother was brutally raped and murdered while he was still a child.

He was raised by his grandparents and battled addiction and depression for most of his life.

Throughout his controversial career, which included a nearly four-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine, Tapia won the WBO and IBF super flyweight titles, was WBA and WBO bantamweight champion and the IBF featherweight champion. He had a career record of 58-5-2, with 30 knockouts.

Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition from an apparent cocaine overdose in March, 2007, was jailed in 2009 for a violation of parole related to cocaine use and returned to prison in 2010 after failing a drug test.

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