Published on: November 22, 2012
Photography by: AP

Former boxing great HECTOR “MACHO” CAMACHO, 50, has passed after being shot in the face during a robbery in Puerto Rico.

Camacho went into cardiac arrest and was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, told media.

He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s for a stunning career record of 79-6-3. He knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard in 1997, ending the former champ's final comeback attempt. reported that Camacho was shot in the face on Tuesday while sitting in a car with a friend. Cocaine was later found in the friend's pockets.

Camacho was declared brain dead on Thursday, but his family was still divided over whether to remove life support. His cardiac arrest early this morning made that decision for them.

Camacho's sisters have said they would like to fly his body back to New York, where he grew up, and bury him there. The fighter grew up in Spanish Harlem.