Hector “Macho” Camacho: Family mulls life-support decision

November 23, 2012

Hector “Macho” Camacho (left) fought Oscar de la Hoya in 1997. (Mike Salsbury / AP)

The family and friends of Hector “Macho” Camacho continued their vigil for the former champion boxer, who is on life support in a San Juan, P.R., hospital.

Camacho, 50, was declared brain dead after suffering cardiac arrest not long after he was shot in the face and neck Tuesday night. Family members, according to an Associated Press report, were discussing whether to end life-support measures and Aida Camacho, one of his aunts, said that a decision could come today. She told the AP on Thursday that two of Camacho’s sisters had asked for more time with him and another aunt, Blanca Camacho, said the family had agreed to their request.

“It is a very difficult decision, a very delicate decision,” said former boxer Victor “Luvi” Callejas, a longtime friend, told the AP. “The last thing we lose is hope and faith. If there is still hope and faith, why not wait a little more?” 

Camacho’s oldest son, Hector Camacho Jr., told reporters his father has not been disconnected from an artificial respirator and that he believes he is still alive. However, on Friday morning, TMZ reported that the decision has indeed been made to end life support and that funeral arrangements are being made, according to Camacho’s representative.

Camacho was shot as he sat in a car with a friend, who was killed beside the car. Police told ESPN that the friend had nine bags of cocaine; another was found in the car.

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

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