Boxer Hector Camacho dies

Posted at 11:43 AM, Nov 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-24 11:43:07-05

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – Famed boxer Hector Camacho has died, a hospital official in Puerto Rico said Saturday.

He had been on life support after he was shot in the face on Tuesday.

A passing gunman shot Camacho, who was in a car in front of a bar in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Camacho, a former lightweight and junior lightweight champion, was in the passenger seat of the car, police said. The driver was shot twice and killed, they said.

The suspects are two men who are believed to have been traveling in a gray vehicle, said Lt. Wilfredo Rivera of Cataño Police. They escaped after a shootout with police at a residential complex, WAPA TV reported.

During his career, Camacho, 50, awed fans with his quick hands and ring antics, developing a reputation for flamboyance. He also battled a series of legal issues that stemmed from drugs and other problems.

A southpaw, Camacho fought professionally for more than 25 years and last stepped into the ring in 2010.

He had a career record of 79 wins, six losses and three draws.