Josie Harris, the former girlfriend of professional boxer Floyd Mayweather and the mother of three of his children, was found dead in her car outside her California home this week, authorities said.
Harris, 40, was discovered unresponsive inside a vehicle parked in her home's driveway late Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told CNN. Police say they're treating it as a death investigation for now while the coroner's office works to determine a cause of death.
“It will take a while to figure that out," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KABC-TV.
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials were also at the scene and pronounced the woman dead, according to statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department obtained by NBC News.
At the time of her death, Harris was in the middle of a $20 million defamation lawsuit she filed against Mayweather in 2015.
Mayweather previously pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges stemming from a 2010 incident in which he threatened and attacked Harris while their two sons watched at her home in Las Vegas, according to The Associated Press. He served two months in jail.
Harris later sued Mayweather for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress, according to a claim she filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that was obtained by E! News in 2015. The lawsuit resulted from Mayweather claiming during an interview with Katie Couric in 2015 that Harris was "on drugs."
"Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn't happen," Floyd told Couric. "Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that's domestic violence, then, you know what? I'm guilty. I'm guilty of restraining someone."
Harris said in her lawsuit that Mayweather was "disclaiming any responsibility for the attack that left Harris with serious injuries."
In 2018, a California appeals court ruled against Mayweather's objections and allowed the lawsuit to proceed, according to the AP.
Mayweather has not yet commented publicly on Harris' death.
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