Boxer Hector Camacho Declared Dead By Medics

Boxer Hector Camacho Declared Dead By Medics

Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho has died after being shot in the face, doctors have confirmed.

"We have done everything we could. We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead," said Torres, who is the director of the Centro Medico trauma centre in San Juan.

Family members are still in disagreement about whether Camacho should be taken off life support and are expected to make a decision by Friday.

Torres said Camacho's father has already indicated that he wants the boxer taken off life support and his organs donated, but one of his sisters opposes the idea.

Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager, told reporters that Camacho's mother also is wavering on taking her son off life support and would like more time with him.

The 50-year-old was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night.

Police found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend's pocket, and a tenth bag open inside the car. Camacho's friend, 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed in the attack.

Police said two assailants fled in an SUV but no arrests have been made and no motive has been revealed.

Doctors had initially said Camacho was expected to survive, but his condition worsened and his heart stopped briefly overnight Tuesday, Torres said.

The bullet entered his jaw and lodged in his shoulder after tearing through three of four main arteries in his neck, affecting blood flow through his brain, doctors said.

"That lack of oxygen greatly damaged Macho Camacho's brain," Torres said.

Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was still showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.

Camacho is considered one of the more controversial figures in boxing, but is popular among fans and those who work in the sport.

"The Macho Man was a promoter's dream," renowned promoter Don King said. "He excited boxing fans around the world with his inimitable style. He was a nice, amiable guy away from the ring."