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Boxer Hector Camacho dies after life support turned off

  • Puerto Rican boxing legend Hector "Macho" Camacho has died in hospital after being taken off his life support machines on Saturday.

    The former world champion was clinically brain dead after being shot in the head in a drive-by attack outside the capital, San Juan, on Tuesday.

    Camacho, who died at the age 50, fought some of the great names of boxing during his 30-year career including Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard and Felix Trinidad.

    Camacho was being treated at the Rio Piedras medical center in San Juan.

    The center's director Ernesto Torres told reporters that Camacho went into cardiac arrest, was taken off life support and died shortly after.

    Camacho was sitting in a car outside a bar with a friend when the attack occurred. His friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed.

    Police said the car contained bags of cocaine at the time of the shooting but they still did not know of any motives for the shooting.

    Camacho made his professional debut in 1980 and went on to win four world titles across three weight divisions.

    His last fight was an attempt to make a comeback against Saul Duran in 2010, which he lost.

    During that time, he was more famous for his troubled personal life and run-ins with the law.

    In 2007, Camacho was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary, though the sentence was later suspended.

    He was later found in possession of drugs and had a restraining order issued against him brought by his ex-wife, who complained of domestic abuse.

    At the time of his death, Camacho held a career record of 79 wins, 6 defeats and three draws, with 38 knockouts.