The following excerpt from an ESPN article about Tapia after he was in the hospital recovering from a cocaine overdose in 2007 should tell you all you need to know about Tapia's life.
Tapia was banned from boxing for 3½ years in the early 1990s because of his cocaine addiction. He spent six months in rehabilitation in 2003 after a collapse at home and later that year police said he overdosed on prescription pills.
It's has been a hard life outside the ring for Tapia, who was orphaned at 8, his mother stabbed 26 times with a screwdriver. He never knew his father and has battled cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and numerous run-ins with the law.
In his book "Mi Vida Loca," Tapia said he's been declared clinically dead six times.
Tapia was one hell of a fighter, winning five titles in three weight classes over his career. But his life outside of the ring was tumultuous.