, PHOENIX, May 26 – Mike Tyson’s four-year-old daughter was hospitalized on life support on Monday after getting her neck caught in a cable on an exercise treadmill at home, police said.
The girl, identified by local media as Exodus Tyson, was found by her seven-year-old brother on Monday morning.
The girl’s mother, summoned from another room, freed her, called emergency services and tried to resuscitate her.
"Initial information developed today from officers, initial interviews and a preliminary examination of the scene indicate this was a tragic accident," said police spokesman Andy Hill, who said the girl was in "extremely critical condition" on life support.
"Somehow she was playing on this treadmill, and there’s a cord that hangs under the console – it’s kind of a loop," Hill said.
"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."
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson, who doesn’t live at the house, had been in Las Vegas but traveled to Phoenix upon learning of the accident, Hill said.
Local television station KNXV-TV reported he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital in a taxi and made no comment as he hurried to the child’s bedside.
New York city public relations firm 42West issued a statement on the family’s behalf.
"The Tyson family would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks for all your prayers and support, and we ask that we be allowed our privacy at this difficult time," the statement said.
Tyson had been in the news this month with the US release of the film "Tyson", a documentary directed by James Toback that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
It offers an engrossing portrayal of the turbulent life of Tyson, from his humble beginnings on the mean streets of Brooklyn to his phenomenal rise as the youngest heavyweight world champion in history, through his epic fall marked by addiction, humiliation in the ring and a rape conviction.