History | Jul 11 2018

On This Day: The shocking death of Arturo Gatti

Claude Abrams on the tragic demise of Arturo Gatti in 2009 – a great warrior
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Arturo Gatti vs Mickey Ward Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports

IT was an extraordinary year for deaths. Alexis Arguello took his own life that June. But before him a long line of notable fighters have died in the previous seven months: Chris Finnegan, Mickey Goodwin, Ingemar Johansson, Pat McAteer, Greg Page, Giovanni Parisi and Jose Torres to name only a handful.

But then came the shocking discovery Arturo Gatti, only 37, was found dead in a luxury two-floor apartment in a northeast Brazilian beach resort.

Police suspect he was murdered and detained his 23-year-old Brazilian wife Amanda Rodrigues, accusing her of strangling the Italian-Canadian with the strap of her purse. Gatti also had head injuries.

 

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