Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mike Tyson's Daughter Dies

Lord knows, I'm not a Mike Tyson fan.

How much do I dislike Tyson?
  • I well remember the night in February 1990 when Tyson lost his heavyweight title to Buster Douglas. A week later, when a tape of the fight was broadcast on cable, I went with a friend to a local bar where it was being shown on what was a big TV screen (for the time) and the place erupted in jubilant cheers when Tyson was knocked down — even though the outcome had been known for several days.

  • I have another friend who is always telling jokes. Some are good, some aren't, but one of my favorites goes like this:

    Q: What did Mike Tyson say to Vincent Van Gogh?

    A: "You gonna eat that?"
But there is nothing funny about what Tyson and his girlfriend are facing today.

Their 4–year–old daughter, Exodus, died Tuesday. She apparently strangled on a cord connected to a treadmill in their Phoenix home.

It's a sad reminder for all parents of the dangers that lurk in the home — and the constant diligence that is needed to keep children safe.

Larry Stone, founder of Safety Matters, told CNN that about 1,000 children under the age of 14 die of unintentional strangulation each year, and nearly 90% are under the age of 4.

I hope Tyson and his girlfriend can find some peace as they deal with this terrible tragedy.

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