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On This Day: Hector Camacho dies after shooting

Matt Christie looks back on the life of Hector Camacho, one of the sport’s great characters
Hector Camacho
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BOXING’S cavernous graveyard claimed another prisoner when Hector “Macho” Camacho died in hospital on November 24, 2012 in his native Puerto Rico. The 50-year-old, a former three-weight ‘world’ champion, was shot in the face while sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car that contained 10 bags of cocaine. His mother opted to turn off the life-support machine after he was declared brain dead.

“It’s so sad what has happened because he had started to grow up a little bit,” his long-time friend and former WBC featherweight champion, Juan LaPorte, told Boxing News. “He was special. Everybody likes to point out the things that went wrong but he was a good man. He would throw money to bums in the street, he didn’t care if it was 10 dollars or 100. He still had that boy in him but that’s who he was. It’s tragic. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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