Hector 'Macho' Camacho dies at 50

Hector "Macho" Camacho was removed from life support and declared dead on Saturday, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50 years old.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Three-time world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho died on Saturday, four days after he was shot in the face in a drive-by shooting, doctors said. He was 50.

Camacho was pronounced dead after being taken off life support following a second heart attack early Saturday morning, Rio Piedras Medical Director Ernesto Torres told reporters.

Puerto Rico officials planned a public wake for the boxer at the Department of Sports & Recreation headquarters in San Juan, but details were pending.

The former U.S. boxing champ had been declared brain dead on Thursday after he was shot on Tuesday while sitting in a car with a friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, 49, outside a liquor store in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon, Camacho’s birthplace.

Two gunmen opened fire on the car, killing the driver, Mojica Moreno, and hitting Camacho in the jaw. The bullet fractured two vertebrae and lodged in his shoulder, damaging the arteries that carried blood to the brain, doctors said.

Police said they found nine small bags of cocaine in the driver’s pockets and one open in the car. The shooting is under investigation and no arrests have been made. Source: Interaksyon

Héctor Camacho Matías (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012), known by his nickname "Macho Camacho", was a Puerto Rican professional boxer. He held major championships in the super featherweight, lightweight and junior lightweight divisions, going on to win lesser titles in four more weight classes, becoming the first boxer to be recognized as a septuple champion. Camacho's son, Héctor Camacho, Jr., is also a boxer. During his 30-year career, Camacho was known for his quickness in the ring and his flamboyant style.

Camacho had a storied amateur career, winning three New York Golden Gloves, beginning with the Sub-Novice 112 lb. championship in 1978. He won four titles throughout his professional career: The WBC Super featherweight (1983), the WBC lightweight (1985), and the WBO Junior welterweight (1989 and 1991). Camacho also had notable fights defeating Panama's Roberto Durán twice, and knocking out Sugar Ray Leonard, sending Leonard into permanent retirement. He also fought against Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, and Oscar de la Hoya, among others. Source: Wikipedia