Mike Tyson has said 'I do' for the fourth time, but the thrice married former boxer was simply renewing his vows on this occasion.
The erstwhile Heavyweight champion and Lakiha Spicer Tyson surprised hundreds of guests who had come to Las Vegas in the belief that they were attending a joint birthday party, by turning it into a wedding.
As soon as all the guests had arrived at the party, held at Sin City's M resort, Mike and Lakiha disappeared behind a curtain, then reappeared in wedding outfits.The couple, who have been married for three years, then reaffirmed their vows in a traditional Muslim ceremony, according to TMZ.
The reason for the belated party is thought to be because the couple's original Vegas wedding took place ten days after the tragic death of Mike's four year old daughter, Exodus, and was a very small, intimate affair with no guests and no celebration party.
Exodus, was found by her seven-year-old brother, Miguel, unconscious and tangled in a cord dangling from an exercise treadmill, the child's mother untangled her, administered CPR and called for medical attention but she later died of her injuries. A spokesperson for the La Bella Wedding Chapel, where they originally married said at the time: 'The couple were very happy and sincere before saying their vows. They were very heartwarming, and I think they really do love each other.'
In January, Mike and Lakiha welcomed their second child together, a baby boy they named Morocco Elijah Tyson.They also have two-year-old daughter Milan together and Mike is father to five other children.
At their second wedding, guests were served a steak or chicken - though Tyson no longer eats meat - then partied until late in the hotel's ballroom with a live band.The often controversial figure has talked about how he's changed his life around since his latest marriage, becoming vegan and sober.
While on the American talk show The View in early May 2010, said: 'I'm totally destitute and broke. But I have an awesome life, I have an awesome wife who cares about me.
Before adding: 'I'm very grateful. I don't deserve to have the wife that I have; I don't deserve the kids that I have, but I do, and I'm very grateful.'
Tyson first married actress Robin Givens in 1988 but the ill-fated union only lasted a year and ended amidst allegations of spousal abuse.
His second commitment to Monica Turner in 1997 lasted for two years and produced children Rayna and Amir. Turner filed for divorce in 2002 citing adultery and said later that the boxer had: 'Neither been forgiven nor condoned.'
Source: daily mail.co.uk
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