Puerto Rican news outlet El Nuevo Dia is reporting that Hector Camacho, who was shot multiple times in his native Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, is now “brain dead.”
Camacho, who retired with a 79-6-3 record in 2010, reportedly was the passenger in a car at about 7 p.m. local time when someone pulled next to him and shot him in the face and neck. TMZ reported that the driver of the car Camacho was in was killed.
The ex-fighter, who is 50, was taken to a hospital in San Juan. Initially, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director, told reporters that Camacho was stable and expected to survive, according to the Associated Press.
“This guy is a cat with nine lives. He’s been through so much,” said Camacho representative Steve Tannenbaum. “If anybody can pull through, it will be him.”
However, overnight Camacho suffered a cardiac arrest and his conditioned worsened severely. Tests to detect brain activity, which, according to El Nuevo Dia‘s sources are “part of the protocol of the organ donation process,” found minimal activity.
As for the prospect of recovery now, Rafael Rodriguez Mercado, president of the Medical Sciences Campus, said, “It would be a miracle recovery.”
Another EEG test will be conducted this afternoon to confirm the diagnosis of brain death. If confirmed, according to El Nuevo Dia, Camacho’s mother will decide whether to begin the organ donation process.