Former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, has died, according to a spokeswoman for the family.
Cynthia Schwartz said the family will release an official statement shortly but she confirms the young girl died around noon today.
According to Schwartz, no funeral arrangements have been made. The girl, who was found by her 7-year-old brother with her neck on the cable of the exercise machine, was placed on life support at a Phoenix, Ariz., hospital yesterday near the family home, according to CNN.
“Somehow she was playing on this treadmill, and there’s a cord that hangs under the console – it’s kind of a loop,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill. “Either she slipped or put her head in the loop, but it acted like a noose, and she was obviously unable to get herself off of it. There’s nothing in the investigation that revealed anything suspicious.”
Once the boy told the girl’s mother, who was in another room, she took the girl off the cable, called 911 and tried to revive her. Emergency techs continued performing CPR on the girl as she was whisked to the hospital, Hill said.
Tyson reportedly had been in Las Vegas but flew to Phoenix immediately after learning of the accident, according to Reuters.
Hill called these kinds of accidents the most difficult to endure. “Those are the things that stay with you in your career,” he said. “We always hope for a miracle – not to have the worst happen to a child.”
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