Wife: Boxer Johnny Tapia died from heart disease, not drug overdose
Posted at: 08/22/2012 2:09 PM
| Updated at: 08/22/2012 10:30 PM
By: Tracy Dingmann, KOB.com
Albuquerque boxer Johnny Tapia's wife says he died from heart disease and hypertension, not a drug overdose.
Teresa Tapia announced this at a news conference Wednesday. It was not clear whether her statement was based on an autopsy report.
Tapia, a five-time world champion, was found dead in his bed on May 27.
Tapia, 45, struggled with drug use and depression throughout his life.
Police have said they found a hydrocodone pill next to his body.
They also found 200 more pills in a safe, along with other medications, including treatment for a bipolar disorder.
However, was not clear at the time whether Tapia overdosed on drugs.