Boxer Hector `Macho’ Camacho has died after being taken off life support due to injuries sustained four days ago when he was shot in the face. The former world champion was 50 years old.
Camacho went into cardiac arrest in Saturday’s pre-dawn hours, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico said. He was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter.
Camacho was declared brain dead on Thursday following the shooting in his hometown of Bayamon.
His friend Adrian Mojica Moreno died at the scene. Police later revealed that Mojica had nine small bags of cocaine in his pocket and a 10th bag was found open in the car.
Camacho was long regarded as a promising, skilled boxer who was unlucky to appear in the ring at the same time his main rival Julio Cesar Chavez was rising to fame. The Mexican superstar overshadowed him in a long-awaited showdown in Las Vegas in 1992.
Camacho fought professionally for three decades, holding his swansong fight against Sal Duran in 2010.
Throughout his career, he fought some of boxing’s biggest stars spanning two eras, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Roberto Duran.