Hector 'Macho' Camacho Dead

50-year-old former boxer was shot earlier this week in Puerto Rico

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 24, 2012 8:05 AM CST

(Newser) – One of boxing's big names from the '80s and '90s is gone: Doctors in Puerto Rico says Hector "Macho Camacho died after being taken off life support this morning, reports the AP. Camacho, 50, got shot in the face four days ago while sitting in a car in his hometown of Bayamon. A friend with him who died at the scene had nine bags of cocaine on him, police say. Camacho won a handful of world titles in his career, but afterward he had frequent run-ins with the law—including a burglary bust in 2005—along with substance-abuse problems.

In this 1986 file photo, Hector Macho Camacho, WBC lightweight boxing champion, is escorted by Marty Cohen, left, and boxing promoter Don King during a news conference in New York.
In this 1986 file photo, Hector "Macho" Camacho, WBC lightweight boxing champion, is escorted by Marty Cohen, left, and boxing promoter Don King during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)
This June 22, 1996, file photo shows Hector Macho Camacho being lifted into the air after his unanimous decision over Roberto Duran in an IBC middleweight title at Atlantic City.
This June 22, 1996, file photo shows Hector "Macho" Camacho being lifted into the air after his unanimous decision over Roberto Duran in an IBC middleweight title at Atlantic City.   (AP Photo/Donna Connor, File)
Hector Macho Camacho arrives for an event in Miami Beach, Fla., in 2006.
Hector "Macho" Camacho arrives for an event in Miami Beach, Fla., in 2006.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)
This 1997 file photo shows Hector Camacho of Puerto Rico, right, landing a punch on the chin of Sugar Ray Leonard.
This 1997 file photo shows Hector Camacho of Puerto Rico, right, landing a punch on the chin of Sugar Ray Leonard.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Maria Matias, mother of former world boxing champion Hector Macho Camacho, speaks with reporters outside Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday.
Maria Matias, mother of former world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho, speaks with reporters outside Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday.   (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
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