MONTPELLIER, France: Former world kickboxing champion Mohamed Dridi, who once described how the sport had saved him from a life of crime, has been shot dead, prosecutors in Montpellier said on Tuesday. The 48-year-old, nicknamed ‘Momo the turbulent’ during his career which ended in 2011, was discovered by his son in an apartment in Palavas-les-Flots, six kilometers south of Montpellier, the Midi Libre newspaper reported. Prosecutors in the southern French city confirmed that a murder enquiry had been opened into the death of former Franco-Tunisian boxer. In his 2004 autobiography, entitled ‘Momo the turbulent – from thuggery to the jet-set’, Dridi described how he had “figured in the Top 10 of organized crime” but had been “saved” by boxing. During his career he was a four-time world champion — winning all his 77 bouts including 76 by KO. Dridi also pursued an acting career and had several roles in television series.