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Former Boxing Champ Camacho Declared Brain Dead, AP Reports

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead and family members are trying to decide whether to take him off life support, the Associated Press reported.

Camacho, 50, has been at Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after being shot in the face two days ago. Dr. Ernesto Torres said today at a press conference that “Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead,” according to AP.

Camacho’s father wants his son taken off life support and his organs donated, while one of the boxer’s sisters opposes the idea, AP said. Camacho’s mother is also wavering and the family is waiting for his oldest son to arrive in Puerto Rico later today before making a decision, AP said, citing the boxer’s former manager Ismael Leandry.

Camacho won junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s. He was born in Bayamon, part of the San Juan metropolitan area, retired in 2010 with a 79-6-3 career record, according to The Ring magazine’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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