What a trainwreck Tapia turned into. The only thing that is surprising is that it took this long before he died.
Troubled five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his Albuquerque home Sunday night, aged 45, police told KOB-TV.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Robert Gibbs said officers were called to Tapia's house about 7:45pm 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.
Throughout his controversial career, which included a nearly four-year suspension for testing positive to 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 had a history of drug problems. He 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.