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.