Mike Tyson has revealed that he is on the verge of death due to his alcohol and drug abuse after years of lying about being sober.
The former heavyweight champion made the shocking admission during a press conference to promote ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York on Friday.
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.
“I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic”.
After realizing what he had just said, Tyson paused for a moment before admitting it had been six days since he had drugs or alcohol.
He adds, “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”.
Mike Tyson’s struggle with alcohol and drugs has been well known and he has been in treatment several times.
He also recently admitted that five years ago he was considering killing himself just before his four-year-old daughter Exodus died in a freak accident. Exodus was strangled by a cord while playing on a treadmill in his home.
Tyson explained that the tragedy was a wake up call. He explained, “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”.
Tyson also spoke on Friday and wanting to make amends with his former trainer Teddy Atlas.
The former boxer said, “I didn’t have a good thought in mind about that at first, because I’m negative and I’m dark. And I wanna do bad stuff. I wanna hang out in this neighborhood alone [pointing to his head] . That’s dangerous to hang out in this neighborhood alone up here, right? It wants to kill everything. It wants to kill me, too.”
Mike said of Teddy Atlas, “He has to know this is sincere. I don’t wanna fight you no more. I was wrong. I’m sorry.”
Mike Tyson did get a chance to make amends with Atlas.
Mike Tyson is working with director Spike Lee to bring Tyson’s one-man Broadway stage show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” to HBO later this year.
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