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Former boxing champion Tapia found dead

Sun 27th, May 2012

Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his Albuquerque, New Mexico home on Sunday.

He was 45.

Albuquerque police spokesman Robert Gibbs told the Albuquerque Journal officers were called to Tapia's home Sunday evening when a family member found his body. His death did not appear suspicious, but an autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Tapia has had some drug problems in the past, including suffering a cocaine overdose in 2007. He was also jailed in 2009 for violation of parole and was again placed in prison in 2010 for failing a drug test.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico native owns a career 59-5-2 record, including 30 knockouts. He is a former International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization 115-pound champion, IBF Featherweight and World Boxing Association and WBO bantamweight titleholder.

His last fight came in June 2011, when he earned a unanimous eight-round decision over Mauricio Pastrana.

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