Just days after being shot in the face, boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho has passed on. His family took him off life support and he was declared dead on Saturday (November 24). He was 50 years old.
As previously reported, the Puerto Rican boxer was sitting in a car in his native country on Tuesday evening (November 20), alongside friend Adrian Mojica Moreno, when one gunman opened fired from a passing vehicle. A bullet struck Camacho in the face, hitting him in the jaw, exiting his head and lodging in his right shoulder, fracturing two vertebrae. Moreno died shortly after the shooting.
Camacho was rushed to a local hospital, and has been on life support ever since. Doctors declared him officially brain dead, leaving it up to his mother to decide whether to pull the plug… which they did on Saturday.
The boxer has been considered one of the more controversial figures in boxing, but was popular among bother fans and those who worked in the sport.
His last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision. He last fought in May 2010, losing to Saul Duran. He was looking for a possible comeback in 2013.
Other high-profile bouts in his career included fights against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ’s final comeback attempt.
He has four children. His eldest son: Héctor Camacho, Jr. is also a boxer.