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  • Faith: Muslim
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  June 30, 1966

Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn, NY, coming up hard with no father and a mom who died when he was a teenager. Poverty necessitated that his family live in high crime areas, and he wasn't able to get his life on track until his boxing ability was discovered. Tyson rose to stardom in the '80s and became the most intimidating boxer of his time. Personal problems from his past began to emerge, culminating with a rape conviction. Following his jail sentence Tyson sought to get his life on track and converted to Islam. He visited Mecca on a pilgrimage in 2010. Photo courtesy of emirrile.

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