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Saturday 10 October 2015

Tyson marries two weeks after daughter's death

Published 10/06/2009

Mike Tyson has married for a third time, two weeks after his four-year-old daughter died in a tragic treadmill accident, it emerged today.

The owner of the La Bella Wedding Chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino said the former heavyweight boxing champion and his bride, Lakiha Spicer, exchanged vows on Saturday in a short, private ceremony.

Shawn Absher said the couple wed at about 10pm after arriving at the hotel from the Clark County marriage bureau in a chapel-owned limousine.

County marriage records in Las Vegas show 42-year-old Tyson and 32-year-old Spicer got a marriage licence about 30 minutes before their ceremony.

Tyson's daughter Exodus suffocated after she either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under a treadmill's console in her Phoenix, Arizona, home. Tyson's agent, Harlan Werner, said Spicer was not Exodus' mother.

Tyson and Spicer, of Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb, asked for a simple ceremony with nothing special, Mr Absher said.

"They just wanted to say the vows and be married," he said. "It was very sincere."

Tyson was previously married to actress Robin Givens in 1988 and Monica Turner in 1997.

His first marriage ended after one year when Givens filed for divorce and said in a televised interview that she was afraid of Tyson. His marriage to Turner lasted five years.

Tyson and Spicer seemed very much in love, Mr Absher said.

"They were very heartwarming, and I think they really do love each other," he said.

"He seemed happy - and his life's been up and down."

Tyson last boxed competitively in 2005.

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