R.I.P. Hector "Macho" Camacho
Bump and Update: After suffering a cardiac arrest this morning, Hector "Macho" Comacho was removed from life support. His heart stopped shortly thereafter. His organs cannot be donated due to the length of time he was on life support after being declared brain dead.
A funeral will be held Tuesday in Santurce, PR. The family wanted to take him back to New York for a funeral and burial, but they said his financial condition didn't allow for it, unless he was cremated. Maybe one of the many media networks replaying his fights and career highlights, like ESPN Classic which is airing 7 hours of this fights today, will donate some of their advertising dollars for the trip to New York. [More...]
Original Post: Nov. 23
A good reminder of why people need advance healthcare directives: Without a living will or power of attorney designating health care decisions, the decision usually falls to family members and they may not agree.
The family of boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho held a press conference in Puerto Rico a few minutes ago. Hector's son is not ready to remove the boxer, who is brain dead, from life support, but Hector's parents disagree. (The conference was in Spanish, and I didn't understand the entire thing, but his son kept repeating "El vive" and people in attendance cheered.) Hector's mother says he will be removed from life support tomorrow, after all of his children have arrived and can say goodbye.
Hector, now 50, was shot while sitting in a car outside a liquor store Tuesday night. The driver of the vehicle, Adrian Mojica Moreno, was also shot, and died. Hector was taken to the Rio Piedras Medical Center in San Juan. Here's a photo of the scene. (The body in the photo is Moreno.) Police said two assailants fled in an SUV, no one has been arrested yet and witnesses are not saying much. No motive been established.
At least one report says the funeral will be in New York, where he grew up. Camacho had a record of 79-6-3 with 38 knockouts.
R.I.P. Hector "Macho" Camacho.
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