Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya admitted to dressing in drag and considering suicide while his life was going down for the count because of self-inflicted, one-two punches of booze and cocaine addiction.
The ex-boxer got an early start hitting the bottle, taking swigs at age 9. His childhood boozing usually took place at family get-togethers, in back yards across his native East Los Angeles. De La Hoya said uncles would send him to grab beer from the kitchen. "I'd open the beer, and I'd drink some," he added. - EMILY SMITH and DAVID K. L I
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