Once the most fearsome fighter in the world, Mike Tyson broke down in tears as he described his unspeakable grief after the death of his daughter Exodus.
Mike broke his silence in an emotional interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, recalling how his little girl strangled herself on a treadmill cord.
This happened at her mother Sol Xochitl’s home in Phoenix.
Although nearly five months has passed since the tragic accident, Mike Tyson still struggles to accept it. However, he doesn’t want to know the details.
“From all my experience in rehab, I took responsibility,” he says, “She had to be buried, she had to be taken care of. There was no animosity. There was no anger towards anybody. I don’t know how she died and I don’t want to know.
“But I know somebody’s to blame for it, there will be a problem.”
Mike Tyson's fall from grace pales in comparison to this tragedy.
Exodus’ older brother Miguel, 7, found her unconscious after her neck got caught in the treadmill cord and her mother, who is no longer in a relationship with Mike Tyson, administered CPR before calling emergency services.
She died from her injuries the following day in the hospital.
How did Mike and his temper cope with such devastation?
“My first instinct was a lot of rage and I am so happy I had the tools in life not to go in that direction. I don’t want to go there, I want to win now."
“I’m just fortunate that I have children by different women and as a family we’re so close. That’s my biggest asset. We all love each other.”
Mike recently got married to Lakiha Spicer.