Hector "Macho" Camacho
Three-time world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho
has died, 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 (local time), 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
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.
Camacho, a left-handed fighter who grew up in New York's
Spanish Harlem neighborhood, had a record of 79-6-3 with 38
knockouts. His three-decade career featured fights with a
"who's who" of boxing and a flamboyant style that included
entering the ring in an outfit based on the Puerto Rican
Camacho won titles in three weight classes - super
featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight - during a
storied professional career. He won his first world
championship in 1985 and his last in 1991. His final match
came in 2010.
The fast, quirky fighter beat some of the toughest boxers of
his day, including Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, who
retired after Camacho knocked him out. Others included Julio
Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya.
But Camacho also fought against drug and alcohol problems
during his career. He was sentenced to seven years in prison
in 2007 for the burglary of a Mississippi computer store.
During the arrest, he was found to be in possession of the
All but one year of the sentence was suspended and he was
given probation. He violated probation, however, and served
two weeks in jail.
Camacho's body was taken to the hospital's pathology section
and brought to the Institute of Forensic Sciences as required
by law, Torres told reporters.
The family planned a funeral in New York, El Nuevo Dia
Family members had debated removing him from life support,
with some including his son Hector "Machito" Camacho holding
out hope for his recovery.
On Friday evening, his mother, Maria Matias, told reporters
at the medical center that "God has taken him" and that she
was waiting for Camacho's other children to arrive in Puerto
Rico before having him disconnected.
Camacho Jr. lamented the crime and violence in Puerto Rico.
"You have to stop the violence and the drugs. Rap singers
have to stop glorifying violence. This is for the youth. All
the street promises them now is death, drugs and jail."