April 9, 2009
Macho Camacho has been retired from the ring many years, but was known for his flamboyant style, with fringed boxing shorts. He was always an exciting boxer. I believe he was a middleweight or welterweight.
Hector "Macho" Camacho is in critical condition after being SHOT multiple times in Puerto Rico tonight ... this according to multiple reports.
The former boxing champ was reportedly in the passenger seat of a car around 7 PM local time ... when another vehicle rolled up and someone opened fire ... striking Camacho several times in the neck and face.
The driver of Camacho's car was reportedly killed in the attack.
According to reports, Camacho was taken to a hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.
Cops are investigating -- so far, it's unclear if police have identified any suspects.
Story developing ...
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/20/hector-ma ... z2Cp0wkx5q
That's insane! I remember him boxing many times in the ring, when we would watch boxing as a family. I hope he's ok... that's really sad to hear.
April 9, 2009
April 9, 2009
Doctor: Puerto Rico boxer Camacho is brain dead
By DANICA COTO (Associated Press) | The Associated Press – 35 minutes ago
FILE - This Sept. 13, 1997 file photo shows Hector Camacho, left, of Puerto Rico, and Oscar De La Hoya of Los Angeles exchanging blows in the first round …
In this Sept. 13, 1997, photo provided by Las Vegas News Bureau, Hector Camacho, left, fights Oscar De La Hoya in a boxing match at Thomas and Mack Center …
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector ''Macho'' Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, though they said family members were disagreeing on whether to take him off life support.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night.
''We have done everything we could,'' said Torres, who is the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. ''We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.''
He said at a news conference that the family expects to say by Friday if Camacho should remain on life support.
Torres said Camacho's father has already indicated that he wants the boxer taken off life support and his organs donated, but one of his sisters opposes the idea.
''This is a very difficult moment,'' he said.
Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager, told reporters that Camacho's mother also is wavering on taking her son off life support and would like more time with him. He said the family is waiting for Camacho's oldest son to arrive Thursday night before having a family reunion and making a decision.
''Let's remember him as a good man,'' Leandry said. ''He was a good father, a good son.''
Steve Tannenbaum, a friend and a former boxing agent for Camacho, said in a phone interview that he idolized Camacho as a boxer.
''He is one of the greatest small fighters that I have ever seen,'' he said. ''Hector Camacho had a legendary status.''
Tannenbaum said he initially believed Camacho would survive. ''He was almost like the indestructible man. He had so many troubles with the law, so many altercations in his life. It's a great shame.''
The 50-year-old Camacho was shot 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's friend, identified as 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed in the attack.
Doctors had initially said Camacho was expected to survive, but his condition worsened and his heart stopped briefly overnight Tuesday, Torres said. The bullet entered his jaw and lodged in his shoulder after tearing through three of four main arteries in his neck, affecting blood flow through his brain, doctors said.
''That lack of oxygen greatly damaged Macho Camacho's brain,'' Torres said.
Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was still showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.
Camacho was born in Bayamon, a city within the San Juan metropolitan area, but he grew up mostly in New York's Harlem neighborhood, earning the nickname ''the Harlem Heckler.''
He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s and fought high-profile bouts against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending the former champ's final comeback attempt.
Camacho has a career record of 79-6-3.
In recent years, he divided his time between Puerto Rico and Florida, appearing regularly on Spanish-language television as well as on a reality show called ''Es Macho Time!'' on YouTube. In San Juan, he had been living in the beach community of Isla Verde, where he would readily pose for photos with tourists who recognized him on the street, said former pro boxer Victor ''Luvi'' Callejas, a neighbor and friend.
Camacho battled drugs, alcohol and other problems throughout his life. He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi. While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.
A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.
His wife also filed domestic abuse complaints against him twice before their divorce several years ago.
April 9, 2009
(I found one article that said he was critically hurt in a drunk driving accident, which has now been taken offline. What happened to our media?!)
"Chicago Tribune" wrote: UPDATE 2-U.S. boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho dies after shooting
* Shot in face while sitting in a car with a friend
* Police say cocaine found in vehicle, no arrests made
* Battled drug and alcohol problems throughout career (Adds boxing career highlights)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov 24 (Reuters) - 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.
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 flag.
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 drug Ecstasy.
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 newspaper reported.
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." (Reporting by Reuters in San Juan; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Sandra Maler and Xavier Briand)
Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-pu ... 8637.story