Former champ Johnny Tapia, who battled assorted demons throughout his turbulent life, was found dead at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
Tapia won five titles in three weight classes despite cocaine addiction, alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder, suicide attempts, depression and seemingly non-stop legal issues. He was a fan favorite for his all-action fighting style as well as for his ability to overcome adversity.
Tapia last fought on June, when he outpointed washed up former champ Mauricio Pastrana in an eight-rounder. He finished with a 59-5-2 (30 KOs) record, including wins over Danny Romero, Jorge Julio, Cesar Soto and Manuel Medina, as well as losses to Paulie Ayala (twice) and Marco Antonio Barrera.