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Mike Tyson says he’s “on the verge of dying”

Mike Tyson continues to struggle, he said, with sobriety. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Last week, Mike Tyson gave the impression of having it all together as he announced that he is launching a new career as a boxing promoter and has lost 100 pounds in a quest to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

But over the weekend, he peeled back another layer of his persona, telling the media in a press conference that he’s “on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic.”

“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. 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.”

Tyson, 47, said he had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle,” Tyson said. “I’ve been lying to everybody else that thinks I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”

Tyson added that “I’m negative, and I’m dark” and said he’s working on his self-esteem.

“I hate myself. I’m trying to kill myself,” he said. “I hate myself a lot, but I made myself proud of myself [the last six days]. And I don’t do that much.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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