Former super-featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight champion Hector “Macho” Camacho, who’s hand speed, flamboyant attire and trash-talking made him one of the most well-known fighters of the 80s and early 90s, died earlier this morning after being taken off life support following a deadly drive-by shooting Wednesday night in Puerto Rico that left him with multiple gunshot wounds and a companion dead.
Doctor Ernesto Torres of the Centro Medico was initially optimistic about Camacho’s survival chances, but confirmed that tests showed no brain activity. Camacho’s mother Maria Matias advised media yesterday that she made the decision to remove her son from life support over the protests of several family members, including Camacho’s sons.
“I lost my son three days ago. He’s alive only because of a machine,” said Matias. “My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him.”
The 50-year-old Camacho was shot in his native Bayamon while sitting in the front passenger seat of a Ford Mustang. The bullets struck the left side of his jaw, shoulder and fractured two vertebrates. Camacho went into cardiac arrest the night of the shooting and was declared brain dead the following day. His companion in the car, Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed at the scene.
At press time, police have confirmed two gunmen were seen fleeing the crime. Although 10 bags of cocaine were found in the car, a detailed motive has not been disclosed by authorities.
According to the fighter’s publicist Steve Tannenbaum, Camacho was considering a 2013 comeback, having last fought in 2010, losing a 10 round unanimous decision to Saul Duran. His current record, dating back to 1980, stands at 79-6-3 with 38 KOs without ever suffering a KO defeat despite fights against prime versions of Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad.
Camacho is survived by four sons and two grandsons.