By Calvin Palmer
The daughter of Mike Tyson died in hospital today after being critically injured in an accident at her Phoenix home.
Exodus Tyson, aged four, had been on life support since her neck got caught in a treadmill cord.
Sgt Andy Hill said the police investigation showed her injury was a “tragic accident”.
Police said Exodus either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under the console. Her seven-year-old brother found her and told their mother. She took Exodus off the cord, called 911 and tried to revive her.
Responding officers and firefighters performed CPR as they took the girl to the hospital.
“There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Exodus,” the family said in a statement. “We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal.”
Former heavyweight champion Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and flew to Phoenix yesterday.
The family’s home is in a modest, quiet neighborhood. Neighbors say they saw Tyson there from time to time and the children played outside regularly.
The neighborhood contrasts starkly with the lavish lifestyle Tyson had through his boxing career, when he spent tens of millions of dollars and says he had millions more stolen from him by unscrupulous associates. At the height of his career, he earned $140 million in two years.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]