Another man in the car with him was killed during the armed ambush. Packets of cocaine were found in the car, according to police, but there have been no arrests in the shooting.
Mr. Camacho was one of the brightest stars of his era, with dazzling speed in the ring and an unorthodox, crowd-pleasing style that brought him his first world title when he was only 21. He had a dynamic, theatrical presence that added to his luster as one of the leading attractions of boxing.
Handsome, brash and uninhibited, Mr. Camacho entered the ring to chants of “Macho Man” and circled his fist in the air, leading the crowd in shouting, “It’s Macho Time!” He often wore outlandish costumes, from sequined loincloths to visored gladiator helmets and a full feathered headdress, making his fights a sartorial spectacle. A lock of hair curled boyishly over his forehead.
Larry Merchant, a boxing analyst for HBO, described Mr. Camacho in 1986 as a “Rambo-Liberace — he-man and showman.”
“He is one of those rare athletes, as Muhammad Ali once put it,” Merchant continued, “who dares to be great, his speed of hand matched only by his speed of foot — and mouth. A dynamic package of energy and talent and raw nerve and arrogance.”
In more than 80 professional fights, Mr. Camacho faced some of the most feared boxers of his time, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya, but he could not vanquish the temptations he found outside the ring.
From his early teens, he was repeatedly arrested on suspicion of car theft, drug possession and weapons offenses. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and trying to take a rifle through airport security. He was often involved in altercations at nightclubs and was stopped for countless drug and traffic offenses. Once, he broke the leg of a police officer in a fight.
In spite of his criminal history, Mr. Camacho was glib and likable and always vowed to reform.
“I can’t be the Macho Man anymore,” he told the Miami Herald in 1986, when he was 24. “He’s too vicious, too awesome for people. All the girls go crazy, but all their boyfriends want to shoot me.”
Hector Camacho was born May 24, 1962. When he was 3, he and his mother moved to New York, where he grew up in the section of Manhattan known as Spanish Harlem.
He was caught up street fights and shoplifting from childhood and stole his first car when he was 12. By the age of 15, he said, he had been expelled from six schools. He became a father for the first time at 16.
At17, he spent three months in New York’s Rikers Island jail. Even though he weighed less than 130 pounds, he fought so often with other inmates that he was placed in solitary confinement.