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Mike Tyson on the 'Exclusive Club' No Parent Wants to Join

08/13/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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In his first public comments since the tragic death of his daughter Exodus, 4, in May, Mike Tyson expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support he has received from the public.

The 43-year-old boxer-turned-actor admitted, however, that he continues to struggle with the magnitude of his loss. Calling himself “a member of an exclusive club no one wants to join,” Mike tells Entertainment Tonight that even after speaking with others who have lost a child, the pain persists. “I don’t know what to do or say,” he concedes. “I am going through a process trying to heal.”

“I have been told the pain never stops, but you get over it…I am in denial, because I don’t know how to handle it.”

In the aftermath of the accident — in which the toddler accidentally strangled herself on a treadmill cord — Mike says he was hard on himself. “I was staying in the house, depressed,” he reveals. “It was a dark moment in my life.” A role in the new FOX series Brothers has been instrumental in letting some of the light back in, however. “[Acting] keeps me functioning as a healthy human being,” Mike adds.

Brothers premieres September 25th.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

– Missy

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danigirl on

Ugh, this is so tragic. That poor child. Though he will always feel that emptiness and loss and carry that pain I hope he can find moments of peace. Sadly I believe those times are a very long way off.

Jessica on

No one should ever have to lose a child, how tragic. I hope that someday he and his family can find peace.

Chris on

His sadness is palpable in just these few quotes. I hope he finds peace.

Jessi on

I feel for his family. He has been in my thoughts since his daughter’s passing away. I know how it feels. My daughter’s death was totally unexpected also. I feel horrible for him and his family.

RIP Michael on

How so very sad…

Bless his heart :-(

I never want to go thru that.

Tonia on

I’ve been through what he’s been through. We lost our son last year at 2.5 years old and it’s a pain that no one should ever have to feel. My heart goes out to him.

Jess on

I feel so much pain for him. I know what he means though, he does speak the truth about the pain & not knowing what to do or say. The same day the news came out about his daughter I had my 40 week prenatal visit where we found out our son had no heartbeat. I was induced & he was born 2 days later, stillborn of course. Like he said, it’s a club that no one wants to be in. As bad as I feel for myself, I feel just as bad for the other parents out there suffering with the loss of a child.

Angelique on

It’s so very tragic and sad. And Jessi, my heart goes out to you.

Let it be a reminder of some of the dangers in our homes we may not even think about. A few weeks before this story about Mike Tyson’s loss, I was at my sister’s house visiting. They have a treadmill and she thought nothing of letting her little girls play on it. . . .

QueenB on

OH how sad it must be…..i dont even want to think of how i would cope if i ever lost my 4year old son……i hope his family and him can go through this

danda_lion on

I wish him and his family peace and comfort. I never want to know that heartbreak.

Grace on

My heart goes out to this family, and any family that experiences the loss of a child. I never knew until I had children of my own that it was possible to love so much, yet hurt so much all that the same time. What a beautiful, mixed up world we live in.

Blessings to the Tyson family.

SouthernBelle on

I am a member of that club and it’s every mother’s worst nightmare. It’s been just over four years and the pain is still right beneath the surface every second of every day. I function, I have tremendous faith which has carried me through, but it is a reality you live with even in your sleep (I have had nightmares, every week since his death, involving my son calling me and I can’t get to him or find him.) The pain really never does go away. I am so saddened for Mike. I grieve with him and for him. It’s a very sad club, indeed.

stevie on

I’m also a member of that club times 2. We lost our 2 1/2 year old son 5 years ago and our daughter when I was 21 weeks pregnant 19 months ago, I had a child one year after each of them passed away and people think I should feel better about it but you never really do, I guess time just numbes the pain.

I saw him and his wife coming out of a restaurant on TMZ about a month ago and I remember my heart sank when I saw her. She was wearing all black and had a blank look on her face, he was trying to act like himself and I was holding my breath the guy didn’t say anything stupid ( he didn’t) I just feel so bad for them that not only did they lose a child but to be in the public eye at that time, my heart goes out to them.

Jessi on

Thank you so much! I appreciate it. It is so hard and I hate it. But I love my daughter so much right now still. She is always with me.

I had a hard time with my pregnancy anyways. But it even got worse after her passing. I got pregnant under very, very horrible circumstances that nobody should ever get pregnant through. And I had some support, but not all support.

I have hidden my baby’s death from everyone here at work even.

CelebBabyLover on

Jessi- Wow, talk about “when it rains, it pours”! I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles, and I hope that the rain stops and the sun comes out for you soon! :)

Jessi on

Thank you so much!

Can somebody please help me?

Hea on

Jessi – I’d like to try if I can. What can I do?

AmandaB on

Jessi – there are many people here on CBB that are sending their love and support and prayers your way. If there is any way that I can help you, I absolutely will. You should not have to go through this on your own. There are many support groups that may be a good place for you to go to talk with other women who have experienced the same things as you. Please, please find someone to talk to.

I hope and pray that God will grant you some small amount of peace and hope for your future.

Jessi on

Thank you Hea and AmandaB. I thought that I was pregnant, but I’m not. I’m relieved though. I appreciate it so much!

Hea on

Take care, Jessi. I hope you get everything you wish for in time.

AmandaB on

Be well, Jessi. Please remember that you are never alone.

Jessi on

Thank you you both! I appreciate it.

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