Teresa Tapia, the late boxer Johnny Tapia's wife and manager, released a statement Monday regarding her husband's death and indicated a public memorial service is planned.
Johnny Tapia, 45, was found dead in his home about 7:45 p.m. MT on Sunday, according to Albuquerque, N.M., police. Tapia was a three-division ex-world champion who was one of the most popular fighters of his time and was an icon in New Mexico.
He fought demons throughout his career, including a decades-long addiction to cocaine. He was declared dead four times prior to Sunday and referred to his life as "Mi Vida Loca," which is Spanish for "My Crazy Life."
Teresa Tapia said in her statement she would not comment on the circumstances surrounding her husband's death until autopsy results are available. An Albquerque Police spokesman told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that the death did not appear suspicious.
Teresa Tapia's statement, in full:
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