This truly is a sad story. Not that long ago, Hector “Macho” Camacho used to dominate the opposition in the ring, along with his curly bang. But as a result of being shot in the face a few days ago in his native Puerto Rico, Camacho has been ruled clinically “brain dead” by doctors. Stories like this help keep things in perspective.
USA Today with some of the details:
Doctors say famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho is clinically “brain dead” after being shot in the face.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said at a news conference Thursday that doctors are still performing tests on Camacho before meeting with his family. Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.
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 has said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend’s pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car.
Doctors initially said Camacho was in critical but stable condition and was expected to survive after he was shot Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. But his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.
Camacho has died after being taken off of life support at the behest of his family.
Camacho’s mother, Maria Matias, said Friday night that she had supported removing him from life support after his three sons had arrived from the U.S. mainland and had a chance to see their father for the last time. They managed to visit him before he died, said former pro boxer Victor ”Luvi” Callejas, a longtime friend.
”The family is destroyed,” Callejas said outside the hospital.