Sad News: Former Boxing Champ Hector “Macho” Camacho Dead at age 50

November 25, 2012  |  

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After days on life support, Hector Camacho was taken off life support on Saturday in a Puerto Rico hospital.

He was shot in the face last Tuesday by a random gunman in his hometown of Bayamon while sitting in the passenger seat of a car outside of a bar. The driver, a friend of Camacho, was shot twice and instantly killed.  The two suspects were able to flee police after a shootout at an apartment complex.

After his second day on life support, doctors rendered Camacho brain dead on Thursday. While initial reports stated that his family immediately decided to remove him from life support, they were false and the family delayed the decision in hopes that something positive might happen.  However, a spokeswoman for the Rio Piedras Medical Center said he suffered a heart attack on Saturday and that’s when the final decision to take him off life support was made.  Sadly, none of his organs were healthy enough to be donated.

Camacho was a lightweight champion known for his flashy boxing shorts and robes.  One of his most famous fights was when he knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard in 1997. His last fight in 2010 against Saul Duran, however, was not as successful; his body had been abused by drugs and alcohol and he easily lost the fight.

He is survived by two sons, a 13 year old and an older son, boxer Hector “Machito” Camacho, Jr.


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