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37shares..'I'm a vicious alcoholic on the verge of dying': Mike Tyson reveals he's been lying for years about being sober

Mike Tyson has revealed that he is on the verge of dying from alcohol and drug abuse after years of lying about being sober.

The former heavyweight champion made the startling revelation while at a press conference to promote ESPN's Friday Night Fights at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York on Friday.

'I'm a bad guy sometimes,' he said. '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 shared, he paused before adding that he has not consumed alcohol or drugs in six days, which he called 'a miracle'.

'I've been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I'm not,' he admitted. 'This is my sixth day. I'm never gonna use again

Tyson's struggle with alcohol and drugs has been well documented; he has been in and out of rehab three times.

He has also admitted that around five years ago he was contemplating suicide and overdosing - just before his four-year-old daughter Exodus died on May 26, 2009 when she was strangled by a cord while playing on a treadmill. He said that the tragedy served as a wake up call.

'I didn't think I'd be here much longer,' Tyson said. '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.

In an interview with Nightline in July 2012, Tyson claimed he had been sober for three years.

'I'm just constantly working on turning. It doesn’t happen overnight,' Tyson said in the interview.

'I may have a good few years in me but it's still not out of me. You still have to work consistently. Every moment of the day you have to work because your demons always - that's who you are.'

His comments on Friday came as he spoke about trying to make amends with Teddy Atlas, his former trainer whom he famously fell out with in the early 1980s.

Tyson said he knew Atlas was going to be at the Fight Night Fights event and described how he initially struggled with how he would handle seeing him again.

'I didn't have a good thought in mind about that at first, because I'm negative and I'm dark,' Tyson said. '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.' He added of Atlas: 'He has to know this is sincere. I don't wanna fight you no more. I was wrong. I'm sorry.'

Last month, Tyson announced he's teaming with director Spike Lee to bring Tyson's one-man Broadway stage show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, to HBO later this year.

by Anonymousreply 1508/25/2013

The psychopathology of this guy is scary and amazing. Part animal, part human? I mean, dude bit a guy's ear off. And that little sissy voice coming out of that menacing hulk? Some freaky shit there.

by Anonymousreply 108/25/2013

I hope he gets well.

by Anonymousreply 208/25/2013

How terrible for him!

by Anonymousreply 308/25/2013

He must have been high when he named his daughter Exodus.

by Anonymousreply 408/25/2013

I enjoyed being both his wife and his human gong!

by Anonymousreply 508/25/2013

I know that i am in the minority, but I feel for this guy.

by Anonymousreply 608/25/2013

What is "37shares" referring to?

by Anonymousreply 708/25/2013

I felt for him too but frankly at this point, I think he is just one more sociopath.

Like Lindsey Lohan.

by Anonymousreply 808/25/2013

He seems to have come a really long way the past 5-10 years. I actually really liked him in his TV appearances.

At least he's being honest. Sobriety doesn't just "happen" - there can be a lot of setbacks. He sounds like he's really beating himself up over it.

by Anonymousreply 908/25/2013

R9, you farted in your pants!

by Anonymousreply 1008/25/2013

37 shares doesn't mean anything, sorry R7 something messed up when I copy/pasted it

by Anonymousreply 1108/25/2013

R11, sure. But how do you know?

by Anonymousreply 1208/25/2013

OP how did you not notice the 37shares thing in the fucking TITLE before you hit the Post button? Do you not proofread anything? It's a very obvious error, I really don't understand how you could not catch it.

Were you in such a hurry to post this breaking news that you had to hurriedly copy and paste and thought 'Fuck giving my post a once over, I must get this news to the masses this instant!'

Please help me to understand this pathology and narcissism you appear to suffer from.

by Anonymousreply 1308/25/2013

R13, you're bipolar honey!

by Anonymousreply 1408/25/2013

Could you please stop reposting news stories from Huff Post, dear? It's getting annoying.

by Anonymousreply 1508/25/2013
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