As fans, friends, and family mourn the unexpected death of Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, his ex-wife Shannon Turley is speaking out about his condition before his death.

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Turley tells TMZ that Boykin was hospitalized in Texas for several days while doctors monitored his heart. His condition was so bad that doctors feared he’d need a heart transplant, even with a defibrillator implanted in his chest. She says doctors spent 30 minutes resuscitating him when his heart gave out on May 9, unfortunately, he passed at 4 p.m. local time. He was not on the transplant list as of yet.

Although the two divorced in 2009, she says she and Boykin had been living together with their 9-year-old daughter due to his declining health.

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