Two years on, Tyson opens up on daughter’s death

March 10th, 2011 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 10 (IANS) Boxer-turned-actor Mike Tyson has opened up about the death of his four-year-old daughter, Exodus, saying he was torn apart after the tragedy.

Exodus’ seven-year-old brother Miguel found her unconscious, tangled in a cord and dangling from an exercise treadmill in 2009.

“I had a four-year-old daughter who, unfortunately, had an accident and died,” Tyson told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show.

“I was pretty outraged, torn apart. When I went to the hospital, when she was on the machine, I was anticipating, because I was probably coming down from a hangover, but I’m anticipating that I’m going to go to the hospital and raise hell.

“Once I got there and saw other people who had children who already died or were dying, they were handling it with dignity and I didn’t want to be the psycho parent. I wanted to handle it with dignity as well. Their kids were dying too so I didn’t have any right to be a psycho. I just had to handle it like everyone else and be humble and be at ease,” he added.

Tyson says he had a support system to help him, reports

“I’m just very fortunate that I had a great support system,’ said Tyson. “That I had great mentors. I was just very fortunate. I’m not better than anyone else that was successful and probably OD’d or committed suicide. I’m not different than them. The only difference is that I had a good support system…I wanted to change. I couldn’t do it without the support,” he added.

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