For the first time since finding her husband dead in their Albuquerque home, Teresa Tapia is speaking publicly about the ordeal.
KRQE News 13 Sports Director Van Tate reports it was an emotional afternoon at the Tapia home where boxer Johnny Tapia died Sunday:
Teresa sat down and talked with me about how she's trying to deal with discovering Johnny's body and with his legacy: a man who had so much success as a five-time world champion boxer and a man who also had many struggles with addiction.
Teresa says she is trying to digest that her husband of nearly 20 years is gone. She says when she discovered his body in a bedroom of the family home, it was more than she could take.
The police report came out Wednesday, and here's Teresa's reaction to what was in it.
"The No. 1 question, was he doing drugs?" she said. "That's the No. 1 question on everyone's mind.
"Did I see him do drugs? No, I didn't. Has he abused them in the past? Yes, he did. That's all public record. Was he doing them? I don't know."
Teresa says Johnny told her just last week he thought the end was near, that 45 would be his final year.
Fans can remember Johnny Tapia this weekend at the Pit, the University of New Mexico Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a viewing at 7 p.m. Followed by a memorial service.
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