Former champion boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho died Saturday after being taken off life support, according to various press reports.
Camacho, 50, had been declared brain dead on Thursday, two days after he was shot in the face during a drive-by in his home town of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. His physician, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Médico trauma center in Puerto Rice, announced the colorful boxer’s death Saturday, according to The New York Times.
Camacho’s family made the decision to take him off life support on Friday, with the plug to be pulled Saturday. Camacho, who grew up as a delinquent youth in Spanish Harlem, suffered a heart attack shortly after being removed from life support, and died, The Times reported.
Camacho was sitting in a car with a friend Tuesday when they were attacked. Camacho was shot in the face, with the bullet entering his vertebrae and ending up in his shoulder, according to The Times. His friend, who had several bags of cocaine on him, was killed.