Floyd Mayweather has broken his silence after the death of his ex-wife Josie Harris who was found dead in her car by police in California on Tuesday night.
The boxer shared a stream of flashback photos of the pair together on his instagram feed along with tributes calling her ‘my rock’ ‘my friend’ and ‘my angel and ‘my love’.
Mayweather and Harris had a tumultuous relationship when they dated between 1995 and 2010. The boxing icon served two months in prison when he was convicted in 2010 of domestic violence against her.
Police are not treating her death as suspicious after she was found in a car outside her home in Valencia, Los Angeles County.
The 40-year-old was the mother of Mayweather’s three children and was currently in the middle of a $20 million lawsuit against the boxer after he claimed he used domestic violence against her in 2010 because she was on drugs.
Harris has been described as a ‘bright and loving soul’ and a ‘great spirit’ as fans rush to pay tribute.
The news was confirmed in a tweet from Lance Pugmire, a senior boxing writer for the Athletic.
‘The LA County Sheriff’s Department confirms an active death investigation at the home of Josie Harris, the mother of three of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s children, following a TMZ report that Harris, 40, was found dead inside her car last night, around 10 pm Pacific,’ he wrote.
‘You can tell Josie Harris had such a bright and loving soul. May she rest in peace,’ commented Perez Hilton as the news spread Wednesday.
‘Josie was an amazing woman who was kind loving generous loyal strong funny and most of all an amazing human who treated my children like they were her own,’ commented Instagram user dayinthelifeofcams, who shared a picture of Harris she said she snapped herself.
‘I will miss her beautiful soul. You were the light in the darkness Josie.’
She added that Harris was ‘more than Floyd’s Ex she was a Beautiful Soul who would be so upset to know she is being referred to as just his Ex’.
This sentiment was followed by Slate writer Jamilah Lemieux who claimed Harris ‘always deserved more than we gave her’.
‘I hope someone takes the time to write a proper remembrance of Josie Harris’s life. Gross to see outlets tripping over themselves to report “Floyd Mayweather’s baby mama” died and having nothing to offer but a link to TMZ’s post,’ she added.
‘Very sad news about Josie Harris. I interviewed her about 7 years ago – she had a great spirit and dope personality. Condolences to Floyd and her children,’ said DJ Vlad.
Her death was described as ‘terrible news’ by Twitter user B-Dill and as ‘extremely sad news’ by YBF Chic.
Harris’s deaths was confirmed by Los Angeles police Wednesday.
‘Homicide investigators have responded to the death of a woman,’ the statement read.
‘The incident was reported Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at approximately, 10pm, on the 25,700 block of Oak Meadow Drive, Valencia.
‘The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no additional information available at this time.’
Mayweather has yet to comment on her death but last posted to Instagram around 10pm on Tuesday, close to the time of her death, with a picture and video from the red light district in Amsterdam.
‘The only place that a red light mean GO,’ he captioned the post.
Harris claimed that she was abused by Mayweather on six different occasions.
In an interview with USA Today in 2014, Harris gave a sorry reflection of her time with Mayweather.
‘I was a battered woman,’ Harris said.
‘I felt embarrassed about saying I was a battered woman. I felt shame. I felt like it was my fault. What did I do? I didn’t understand what a battered woman was at that time.
‘Now I know I was in a very dysfunctional, hostile relationship and a victim of domestic violence.’
One of their children, their eldest son Koraun, witnessed the assault that saw Mayweather serve time and alerted authorities after sneaking out of his home.
He called his father ‘a coward’ in the same interview his mother gave talking of her time with the boxer.
‘(My dad) said to lock my door and stay in my room,’ Koraun said of the incident.
‘I went back into my room and locked the door and then ran back out my bathroom and then hopped over the gate and went to the main entrance gate. I just told (the guard) that my mom was getting hurt and to call the ambulance and the police.’
Harris didn’t see Mayweather much past the jail term he served in 2010 but added: ‘For some reason I still get anxiety when I know that he is on his way (to collect his children).
‘I have no idea why, but I get really overwhelmed when I know that I have to be around him.’
Mayweather, who is unbeaten in his 50 fights in his boxing career, claimed in a 2015 interview that his violence in 2010 was merely him trying to restrain Harris because she was on drugs.
‘Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen,’ he told Katie Couric.
‘Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.’
Harris vociferously denied the accusation and responded with a $20million lawsuit that was still to conclude at the time of her death.
She was also in the process of writing a book about domestic violence survivors when she died.