Arturo Gatti - Dead in Brazil
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Former world boxing champion Arturo Gatti, who was raised in Montreal, has been found dead in northeastern Brazil.
On a second honeymoon with his wife and 10-month-old baby, Gatti's blood-stained body was found in an apartment in Porto de Galinhas, Brazilian police say.
A police investigation is underway, but few details are being released. Foul play is suspected in the death.
Gatti's body was found at around 6 a.m. Saturday morning. He was found in his underwear, with blood stains on his neck and the back of his head.
Nicknamed "Thunder," Gatti was one of the most successful Canadian boxers in history. Beginning his professional career in 1991 at age 19, he scored a third-round knockout in his first bout.
Three years later he captured the United States Boxing Association junior lightweight title and successfully defended it twice. He earned the International Boxing Federation's world junior lightweight title the following year.
Born in Italy but raised in Montreal, the 37-year-old Gatti retired two years ago.
Well, that's a pile of suck. Gatti was awesome.
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeak. Hope the family is doing okay.
Man those wars with Irish Mickey Ward were some great fights.
Gatti was one of my favorite boxers of all time. Whenever he fought, you knew you were in for one helluva show. The guy always looked like hell at the end of the fight, but what he lacked in pure, natural skill, he made up for with perhaps the biggest heart in boxing. The guy just wouldn't quit.
Arturo Gatti's death a suicide, police say
Family and friends in Montreal have denied the boxer could have killed himself
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil–A Brazilian police investigation has determined that the death of boxer Arturo Gatti was a suicide and a court has ordered the release of his wife, once suspected of killing him.
Lead investigator Paulo Alberes said authorities found that Gatti killed himself on July 11 in a seaside resort in northeastern Brazil.
When asked if police had determined the case was a suicide, Alberes said "yes." He offered no other details, but said he would hold a news conference later in the day.
A day after Gatti was found dead, police said that his 23-year-old Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, had strangled him with her purse strap as he drunkenly slept.
But police began to back off the accusation about a week later, after a coroner's report said that Gatti may have killed himself as he was found hanged and suspended. Rodrigues' lawyer said at the time that proved his client's innocence because she could not have physically lifted Gatti.
A spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state court in the city of Recife confirmed that judge Ildete Verissimo de Lima ordered the release of Rodrigues.
The judge wrote in the ruling that police informed the court that "the detention of the suspect was no longer needed" as the investigation "excludes the possibility of murder.''
"The victim ... committed suicide by hanging," Lima's ruling read, referring to the police investigation findings.
Rodrigues will walk out of jail this afternoon, said her lawyer, Celio Avelino.
Gatti was found dead in the apartment he was renting with Rodrigues in the resort town of Porto de Galinhas.
The pair, who had a tumultuous marriage, had arrived there a few days before Gatti's death for a second honeymoon. The couple brought their 10-month-old son, who was unhurt and is in the care of Rodrigues' family in Brazil.
The 37-year-old Gatti, who captured two world titles in his 16-year pro career, retired in 2007 with a record of 40-9.
Gatti's family and friends in his hometown of Montreal have denied the accusation the boxer could have killed himself.
"Nobody believes whatsoever that there's even a 1 per cent chance of a suicide. He lived life to the fullest," Ivano Scarpa, a close Gatti family friend, said at the boxer's July 20 funeral service in Canada.
But Rodrigues, in a July 15 letter that she handed over to the AP from prison, said: "I'm innocent and I know that this will be proven in a few days.''
Second Gatti autopsy offers 'surprises'
Pathologist says Brazil authorities overlooked injuries
MONTREAL–Bruising on the body of slain fighter Arturo Gatti was overlooked by the Brazilian authorities who conducted the initial autopsy, a celebrity pathologist hired by the ex-boxing champ's family said yesterday after a seven-hour forensic follow-up.
"There were some surprises," Dr. Michael Baden said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
"The first surprise was that it was a partial autopsy, and not a full autopsy; the second was that there were some important findings, like the injuries that had not been identified."
Brazilian authorities said earlier this week Gatti had committed suicide at a resort in the northeastern part of the country on July 11. His 23-year-old Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, was released Friday after being held for nearly three weeks on suspicion of murder.
Partial autopsies are unusual in suspected homicides, said Baden, who described the overlooked injuries as bruises that weren't cited in the initial forensic report.
Baden, who assisted in the autopsy at the family's request, said the Montreal medical examiners will perform further toxicology tests in Canada and are also awaiting more information on the scene of death from investigators in Brazil.
"There were definite injuries that had not been seen by Brazilian authorities," Baden said.
"But one needs all of the information – including the toxicology, which is not available yet – to be able to come to the conclusion as to whether it's homicide or suicide."
Second autopsies often take longer than the first but have the advantage of fresh information, he added. "We had a better idea of what to look for because of the issues that have been raised."
Baden will continue to share information with the Montreal medical examiners overseeing the latest investigation into Gatti's death.
The two Canadian pathologists, described by Baden as ``first-rate," will evaluate the additional information before releasing a report on the ex-boxer's death in the coming weeks.
Baden, a U.S. pathologist, is no stranger to high-profile cases. He's the host of the HBO cable TV show Autopsy, a popular documentary series investigating mysterious and controversial deaths.
Baden has also testified for the defence or prosecution in a number of celebrity cases, including the criminal trials of O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector. He recently performed the second autopsy on the late Hollywood actor David Carradine.
Brazilian police said Friday that Gatti hanged himself with a bag strap that he tied around a wooden staircase column more than two metres off the ground, looping it around his neck before stepping off a stool.
That conclusion was rejected by Gatti's friends and family, who asked a Quebec coroner to exhume the body, which was buried July 20 in Montreal. Gatti, a Canadian who captured two world titles in his 16-year pro career, retired in 2007 with a record of 40-9.
Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said in a statement Friday that government officials will seek more information from Brazilian authorities.
Ellen Haley, a spokeswoman for Gatti's longtime promoter Main Events, said in a statement that "we do not believe that he took his own life." She said members of the Gatti family, along with his former manager Pat Lynch, will carry out their own investigation.
"We believe once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done,'' the statement said.
Well this story isn't ending, who would want to murder Gatti?
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