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Tyson 'on the verge of dying'

26 August 2013, 12:52

Cape Town - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has revealed he is on the verge of dying from ongoing drug and alcohol problems.

VIDEO: Mike Tyson's confession

Tyson, 47, made the revelation while at a press conference to promote ESPN's Friday Night Fights at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York on Friday.

According to the Daily Mail website, Tyson said: "I'm a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven... I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life (sic).

"I don't wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic."

On Friday, the former champion said he had been sober for six days and hoped it would continue.

"I've been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I'm not. This is my sixth day. I'm never gonna use again."

Tyson also admitted he was contemplating suicide and overdosing a few years back - just before his four-year-old daughter Exodus died on May 26, 2009 when she was strangled by a cord while playing on a treadmill.

"I didn't think I'd be here much longer. I was planning on killing myself. I was overdosing every night. I couldn't believe it - that I was waking up. Living life is different for me.

"I had to change my life. It's been hell, but I'm happy to be alive."

- Sport24


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