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Saturday November 24, 2012

Boxing Star Hector “Macho” Camacho Dies, Unable to Donate Organs

Boxing Star Hector “Macho” Camacho Dies, Unable to Donate Organs

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The organs of late Puerto Rican boxing icon Hector “Macho” Camacho cannot be donated because he was kept on life support for too long, the head of San Juan’s Centro Medico trauma facility, Dr. Ernesto Torres, said.

The 50-year-old Camacho, who was declared clinically brain dead on Thursday, two days after being shot in the face outside a bar in metropolitan San Juan, was removed from a respirator shortly after going into cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Saturday.

A man accompanying Camacho was killed in the same shooting.

Torres said at a press conference Saturday that he told the former fighter’s mother, Maria Matias, that her son’s organs could not be donated due to the length of time he had been artificially kept alive.

Macho Camacho won world junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight crowns in the 1980s. His last title fight was a 1997 loss by unanimous decision to then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya.

The Puerto Rican, who has battled problems with drugs and alcohol, retired from the ring in 2009 with a lifetime record of 79-6-3.

Camacho spent two months behind bars in Mississippi for a 2005 burglary and his wife filed several domestic abuse complaints against him before ultimately divorcing him.

Police are investigating the double homicide but still have not determined a motive.