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Former world champion Camacho dies at 50 after being taken off life support

Three-time former world champion boxer Hector Camacho, 50, died Saturday in a hospital on his native island of Puerto Rico, after doctors...

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Camacho dies after

going off life support

Three-time former world champion boxer Hector Camacho, 50, died Saturday in a hospital on his native island of Puerto Rico, after doctors removed life support, medical officials said.

He suffered grave wounds to the face and neck on Tuesday in a shooting in which another man was slain. Doctors on Thursday had declared Camacho brain dead before removing equipment that had kept him alive, Rio Piedras Hospital chief Ernesto Torres said.

Camacho was riding with a friend in San Juan when their car came under fire. The driver died at the scene.

There was no clear motive in the attack, police said, though Camacho's slain friend was found in possession of cocaine.

Camacho struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout his career.

Former featherweight champion Juan Laporte, a friend since childhood, described Camacho as "like a little brother who was always getting into trouble," but otherwise combined a friendly nature with a powerful jab.

"He's a good human being, a good hearted person," Laporte said as he waited with other friends and members of the boxer's family outside the hospital in San Juan after the shooting. "A lot of people think of him as a cocky person but that was his motto ... Inside he was just a kid looking for something."

The retired boxer's family was planning a wake in Puerto Rico and a funeral in New York, the daily El Nuevo Dia reported.

In the 1980s, Camacho was the WBC world champion at super featherweight and lightweight and held the WBO belt at junior welterweight.

He compiled a professional record of 79-6-3 in a career that ended in 2010, with notable victories over Rafael Limon, Freddie Roach, Ray Mancini and Roberto Duran twice. In 1997, Camacho knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard.

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Tina Maze of Slovenia has won her second straight World Cup giant slalom race in Aspen, Colo., while an exhausted Lindsey Vonn finished 21st in her return after missing time with an intestinal illness.

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• Russia's Alexander Zubkov raced to his third straight World Cup four-man bobsled victory in Whistler, B.C., beating teammate Alexander Kasjanov by 0.24 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, while Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel will start fourth and title challenger Fernando Alonso seventh.

Svet Kramer led a Dutch sweep of podium places in the men's 5,000-meter race in Kolomna, Russia, while countrywoman Marrit Leenstra earned her second career speedskating World Cup victory in the women's 1,500-meter race.

• Jockey Ramon Dominguez celebrated his 36th birthday with three stakes wins at Aqueduct, including a thrilling victory for Stay Thirsty by a nose over the filly Groupie Doll in the $350,000 Cigar Mile.

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