Ex-boxer Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho taken off life support, dies at age 50

By Daniel S Levine,

Former boxing great Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho was taken off life support Saturday morning, four days after he was shot in the face. Camacho, who last fought in 2010, was just 50-years-old.

According to CNN, Camacho was shot while in a car in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, just outside San Juan. Cataño Police told CNN that the suspects had been driving a gray vehicle. Local media reports that they had just escaped a shootout with police.

Camacho was in the car with a childhood friend, who died at the scene, notes TMZ.

The AP reports that Camacho was best known for his skilled, flashy style in the ring, but was overshadowed by Julio Cesar Chavez, who beat him in 1992. Camacho fought for three decades, going head-to-head with Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and other stars.

He was promoted by Don King and earned his first world title in 1983, when he beat Rafael Limon in a super-featherweight fight. He would go on to win the lightweight title when he beat Jose Luis Ramirez and later Edwin Rosario.

Outside the boxing ring, Camacho had dealt with drug and alcohol problems and was arrested in 2005 and 2007.

He ended his career with a record of 79-6-3.

“Hector was a fighter who brought a lot of excitement to boxing," Ed Brophy, executive director of International the Boxing Hall of Fame, told the AP.

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