Update: Hector “Macho” Camacho Dead At 50

Update: Hector Camacho dead at 50.  The morning after Camacho’s mother asked for the doctors to remove him from life support, Camacho succumbed to his injuries.  He was declared brain dead three days ago so was along being kept alive on live support.  Son, Hector Camacho Jr spoke of the violence in Puerto Rico, ”Death, jail, drugs, that’s what the streets are now.”  Camacho’s sisters said they would like to return him to New York to be buried as he essentially grew up in Harlem.

Former champion Hector “Macho” Camacho has been pronounced brain-dead by his doctor Dr. Ernesto Torres.  According to Torres, “Camacho was showing irregular and intermittent brain activity”.  He was shot in the face  as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman, Alex Diaz said, “officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend’s pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car”.   Camacho has had numerous run-ins with the law, most recently in 2007 when Camacho was arrested for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi.  He was sentenced to 7 years in prison.  Camacho finished with an impressive career record of 79-6-3 and held lightweight titles in both the WBO and WBC.  While he was considered the bad boy of boxing during the prime of his career, his flamboyant style and strange boxing attire were certainly intriguing.  Despite his troubles, he had all kinds of talent once the bell sounded.  Freddie Roach, who lost a decision to him in 1985 described Camacho this way, “The most complete overall boxer that I’ve ever fought in my career”.  And Camacho beat some of the best including, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran twice, Ray Mancini, Edwin Rosario, and Vinny Pazienza.  There was talk of a Comeback at fifty and if anyone could have done it, it would have been the macho Man.  Oscar De La Hoya when hearing of Dr Torres’ statement said, “Macho’ Camacho fought the best, and he was one of the best.”  Boxing losses another great one.

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