Mike Tyson said his recent acting gigs have helped him cope with the loss of his daughter, Exodus, whose death he described as a "dark moment" in his life.
The boxer's recent cameo in the surprise summer hit The Hangover and an upcoming guest-part on Fox's new sitcom Brothers helped him deal with his pain, according to Entertainment Tonight. Tyson's 4-year-old daughter died in May after she was found unconscious and wrapped in a cord hanging from a treadmill.
"I really was beating myself up over my daughter," Tyson said. "I was staying in the house, depressed; it was a dark moment in my life. This keeps me functioning as a healthy human being."
Tyson said he's known Brothersstar Daryl "Chill" Mitchell for many years, which led to his guest-starring role. Tyson called the opportunity a "godsend," and expressed gratitude for his friends' support.
"I am working with dealing with it," Tyson says. "I have spoken to a lot of people. I have become a member of an exclusive club no one wants to join. I have been told the pain never stops but you get over it. I am going through a process, trying to heal. I am in denial, because I don't know how to handle it. I don't know what to do or say. I appreciate everybody who supported me."
Brothers debuts Friday, Sept. 25, at 8/7 c on Fox. Tyson's episode will air later in the season.