After receiving confirmation of no brain activity for former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho, age 50, Camacho’s family is wrestling with the tough decisions to remove him from life support, to donate his organs and where to hold funeral services.
But, um … is Hector “Macho” Camacho dead? Dr. Ernesto Torres, Director of the Centro Medico Trauma Center, has said, “Yes”. However, some family members beg to differ.
“We have done everything we could. We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.” ~ Dr. Ernesto Torres, Director of the Centro Medico Trauma Center.
The decision to remove Hector “Macho” Camacho from life support was postponed, awaiting the arrival of Camacho’s eldest son and professional boxer, Hector Camacho Jr.
(Hector Camacho has four children: Hector Jr., Justin, Christian and Taylor. All of the children have different mothers.)
Reports have been made that Camacho had been removed from life support on Thanksgiving Day; that the family was preparing for funeral arrangements and trying to decide where to hold the funeral services: in Bayamon, San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was born, or Harlem, New York, where he grew up. However, Camacho Jr. has released statements to say that those reports were false. Camacho Jr. believes his father is still alive and that he is a fighter.
“My father is a boxer and we’re going to let him fight for his life. The doctors have said a lot of things, but he is alive, he’s in the fight.” ~ Hector Camacho, Jr.
Two of Camacho’s sisters have asked that the decision to remove the life support system not be made until Saturday.
Professional Boxer Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho, age 50, was shot on November 20, 2012, near his hometown of Bayamon, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
At the time of the shooting, Camacho was allegedly sitting in a car when two assailants approached with gunfire. He was with a companion, allegedly his driver, Adrian Mojica Moreno, who was also shot and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Dr. Ernesto Torres, Director of Centro Medico Trauma Center, confirmed that Camacho’s suffered cardiac arrest during the first night of his hospital stay. Dr. Torres said a bullet had entered Camacho’s jaw and passed through his shoulder. The bullet allegedly damaged three of the four main arteries in his neck and fractured two vertebrae.
A motive for this tragedy has not been provided. According to police spokesman Alex Diaz, Moreno was found to have ten baggies of cocaine in his possession. Although, both Moreno and Camacho both have a history of drug problems and arrest, drugs have not been conclusively determined to be the cause of the shoot out.
“Let’s remember him as a good man. He was a good father, a good son.” ~ Ismael Leandry, Camacho’s former manager and longtime friend.
It should be noted that, although no confirmation of death statement has been released and Camacho’s status on the respirator is not clear, many people, including those who are near and dear to him, have already begun referring to him in the past tense.
Atlanta Entertainment Examiner previously reported the following:
Hector Macho Camacho confirmed brain dead
Hector Macho Camacho clinging to life