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Video: Check out Mike Tyson's abandoned Ohio mansion before it's turned into a church

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Mike Tyson was once the highest paid athlete on earth. Through mismanagement and a voracious party appetite, he lost his millions and his stunning, Ohio mansion, which now sits abandoned while the new owners prepare to renovate it into a church.

Mike Tyson's rise to sports fame was nothing short of amazing. The youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, he cut a path of destruction through every athlete they put in front of him until Buster Douglas. By then, he was already on a downward spiral with his first marriage headed for divorce, his contract involved in a fierce battle between Don King and manager, Bill Cayton and changes in trainers that many believed led to be a style alteration that proved to be detrimental to his career.

He would ultimately be convicted of the rape of an 18-year-old woman, resulting in a 3-year prison sentence. When he was released, fights were already lined up for him, and he would post 4 consecutive wins until he met Evander Holyfield in the ring. Tyson would face a multitude of personal issues with two more failed marriages, drug problems, and money issues.

In 2000, his new team of accountants prepared a statement saying that he started the year with $3.3 million and ended it with $65.7 million. The problem was, he spent roughly $62 million that year. Tyson felt that he'd dodged a bullet by having a little left over and decided that he could 'really go out and have fun.' In 2003, after a long run of financial mismanagement and basic squandering of his multi-million dollar fortune, he finally filed for bankruptcy.

One of the casualties of Mike's excessive spending was his stunning, Southington, Ohio mansion he resided in at the tail end of the 80's and early 90s. By the time he sold it in 1999 for the bargain basement price of $1.3 million, it had already begun to fall into disrepair. The mansion changed hands a few times before coming to the rest with the current owners who plan to turn it into a church.

Before its conversion, the new owners allowed a photographer in to get photos of its dilapidated majesty. You can see an excellent slide show via the NY Daily News. For now, here is a video tour of the mansion in its former glory and current, abandoned state.

Mike has gone on record as saying he was embarrassed with the way he's lived his life and viewed himself a failure. Currently, he's enjoying a resurgence in popularity and has several projects including seminars, a cartoon series, clothing lines, show appearances and more. His next television appearance will be on the new SPIKE TV show, Lip Sync Battle.