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Published: Thursday, 11/22/2012

Doctor: Puerto Rico boxer Camacho is brain dead

Doctors: Puerto Rican boxer 'Macho' Camacho is brain dead

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Hector Camacho, left, fights Oscar De La Hoya in a boxing match at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Camacho's family tried to decide Wednesday, whether he should be removed from life support after a shooting in his Puerto Rican hometown left the former boxing champion clinging to life and his fans mourning the loss of a dynamic and often troubled athlete. Hector Camacho, left, fights Oscar De La Hoya in a boxing match at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Camacho's family tried to decide Wednesday, whether he should be removed from life support after a shooting in his Puerto Rican hometown left the former boxing champion clinging to life and his fans mourning the loss of a dynamic and often troubled athlete.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Doctors say famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho is clinically “brain dead” after being shot in the face.

Dr. Ernesto Torres said at a news conference Thursday that doctors are still performing tests on Camacho before meeting with his family. Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.

The 50-year-old Camacho was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman Alex Diaz has said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend's pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car.

Camacho was considered a volatile but popular and skilled boxer who battled drugs, alcohol and other problems. He had a career record of 79-6-3.



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