Former champion Camacho declared brain dead
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, but family members disagreed on whether to take him off life support and two of the fighter's aunts later said relatives had agreed to wait two more days.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors had no more medical tests to perform on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night. "We have done everything we could," said Torres, who is director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. "We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead."
He said at a news conference that Camacho's father indicated he wanted the boxer taken off life support and his organs donated, but other relatives opposed the idea.
One of the fighter's aunts, Aida Camacho, said two of Camacho's sisters had asked to have two more days to spend with him, and other family members had agreed even though they felt it was time to give in. "I'm a person of a lot of faith, and I believe in miracles,'' she said, "but science has spoken."
Another aunt, Blanca Camacho, said the family had agreed to the wishes of the two sisters from New York to hold off on ending life support. But, she added, "There's nothing left here. He's already dead."
Steve Tannenbaum, a friend and a former boxing agent for Camacho, said in a phone interview that he idolized Camacho as a boxer. "He is one of the greatest small fighters that I have ever seen," he said. "Hector Camacho had a legendary status."
Camacho won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s and fought against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending the former champ's final comeback attempt. Camacho had a career record of 79-6-3.