Mike Tyson Siblings

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Who are Mike Tyson siblings? Former American boxer, Mike Tyson is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. As a result of his fame, his fans from all over the wold are interested in knowing more about his personal life.

In this write up, we introduce you to the siblings of the boxing greet.

Mike Tyson was born Michael Gerard Tyson on June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York City to Lorna Mae and Purcell Tyson. It is believed that his mother was a whore which also explains why she was later involved with Jimmy Kirkpatrick, a pimp.

Mike Tyson Siblings: Meet Rodney and Denise Tyson 

Mike Tyson has/had three siblings, namely Rodney, Denise and Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick. Out of these three siblings, Rodney and Denise were his full siblings whereas Jimmy was his half brother.

1. Rodney Tyson: Rodney Tyson is the elder brother of Mike Tyson born in 1961. He is physician assistant at the University of Southern California Medical Center for almost thirty years.

In Mike Tyson’s autobiography titled “Undisputed Truth,” he talked about how Rodney was always experimenting back in the day while they were living in the ghetto. “we’re black guys from the ghetto and he was like a scientist- he had all these test tubes, was always experimenting.”

It was kind of strange to him saying that it was “white people who do this stuff.”

He is married to Tammy Tyson with whom he lives with in Los Angeles.

Mike Tyson siblings
Rodney Tyson

2. Denise Tyson: Mike Tyson’s elder sister, Denise Tyson unfortunately died in February 1990 due to heart attack at the age of 24. Further reports also indicate that she had diabetes and asthma too. She was a full sister to Tyson and a half sister to Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick.

Denise was two years older than Tyson but the former boxer revealed how he was so close to her and spent most of her time with her when he is not out there causing trouble.

Here is what he said about her in his memoir, “I spent most of my time with my sister Denise. She was two years older than me and she was beloved by everybody in the neighborhood. If she was your friend, she was your best friend. But if she was your enemy, go across the street.”

She was married in Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey.

3. Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick: Jimmy is the half brother of Mike Tyson. He was actually the one who helped Tyson to fit in at Charlotte High school.

While in Charlotte High school, Jimmie Lee played high school football where he helped the school to win a number of championships. As a result, he was duly honored by the Charlotte Sports Foundation by coming up with the “Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick Award.”

After college, Jimmie Lee built a solid career as an administrator, educator and a coach in Portland.

How Many Siblings Does Mike Tyson Have? 

Former American boxer, Mike Tyson had three siblings; two full siblings and a half brother. Their names are Rodney Tyson, Denise Tyson and Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick.

His elder sister, Denise passed away in 1990 at the age of 24 due to heart attack.

Who Is Mike Tyson’s Brother? 

Rodney Tyson is the elder brother of Mike Tyson. He was born in 1961 to Purcell Tyson and Lorna Mae.

Rodney is a brain surgeon and has been working at the University of Southern California as a physician assistant for close to thirty years. Growing up, Rodney was the opposite of Mike who always found himself in trouble. The former boxer revealed in his autobiography about how his older brother was always busy with his test tubes experimenting.

He is married to Tammy Tyson with whom he has a son.

He also has a half brother, Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick who became an educator, administrator and a coach.

What Happened To Mike Tyson Sister? 

Mike Tyson’s only sister, Denise Tyson died on February 21, 1990 due to heart attack at the age of 24. Prior to her death, she was also diagnosed with diabetes and had asthma too.

She has been buried in Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey.

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