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Gatti found dead in Brazil
« on: July 11, 2009, 10:39:12 PM »
SAO PAULO (AP) - Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward branded him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, was found dead in a hotel room in the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas early Saturday.
 
Police investigator Edilson Alves told The Associated Press that the body of the former junior welterweight champ was discovered in his room at the tourist resort, where Gatti had arrived on Friday with his Brazilian wife Amanda and 1-year-old son.
 
 

Gatti through the years
 
Photos: Arturo Gatti was one of the most exciting and courageous fighters of his era. Take a look at his storied career.
 
 
 
Alves said police were investigating and it was unclear how the 37-year-old Canadian died.
 
"It is still too early to say anything concrete, although it is all very strange," Alves said. He declined to provide any additional details.
A spokeswoman for the state public safety department said Gatti's wife and son were unhurt. The woman declined to give a name in keeping with department policy.
 
"There were no bullet or stab wounds on his body, but police did find blood stains on the floor," she said.
 
Brazilian boxer and four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas told the G1 Web site of Brazil's largest TV network Globo that he was a close friend of Gatti and his wife, and that he "knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate."
 
Known for his straightforward punching and granite-like chin, Gatti captured the junior welterweight title in 1995, when he defeated Tracy Harris Patterson in Atlantic City, N.J. His brawling style and natural charisma made him a fan favorite, and he became one of New Jersey's adopted sons while fighting some of his most memorable battles on the Boardwalk.
 
"I never saw a crowd show so much love for someone like the way that the crowds flocked to Arturo's fights in Atlantic City," said referee Randy Neumann, who officiated Gatti's last fight against Alfonso Gomez two years ago. "I mean, they were so into him and the crowds were electric. He just fought his heart out every fight."
Arturo Gatti was 40-9 with 31 KOs in his career. (Al Bello / Getty Images)
 
Gatti continued to keep a home in New Jersey after he retired in 2007, with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.
"His entire boxing career he fought with us, we've known him since he was 17," Kathy Duva of promoter Main Events told The Associated Press. "It's just an unspeakable tragedy. I can't even find words. It's a horror."
 
Gatti defended his title three times before moving up in weight and getting stopped by Angel Manfredy in 1997. He lost twice more before running off four straight wins, setting up a big payday against Oscar De La Hoya.
 
Although Gatti was knocked out in the fifth round of a lopsided fight, his almost cult-like following never wavered in its support.
"He just captured the imagination of so many people," Duva said. "We used to joke it was a crowd like the Grateful Dead's, it was the same people every time."
 
Gatti would later lose to big names like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Carlos Baldomir, but it was his three-fight series against Ward that left an indelible impression on fight fans.
 
The first time they met, in May 2002, the 140-pounders traded devastating blows for 10 rounds before leaving it up to the judges to decide a winner. Ward earned the mixed decision, by one point on one scorecard and two points on another, in what Ring Magazine called "Fight of the Year."
 
The rematch was just as brutal, with Gatti knocking Ward down in the third round with a big right. Ward not only recovered from the blow, which broke Gatti's hand, but managed to go the distance. This time, Gatti earned a clear unanimous decision.
 
Gatti and Ward had their rubber match at Boardwalk Hall in June 2003, and it was again called "Fight of the Year" by Ring Magazine. Ward knocked Gatti to the floor in the sixth round, but despite fighting with his right hand broken again, Gatti managed to win the decision.
 
"I was sitting him at the post-fight press conference - I can't remember which one - and I looked at his hand and it was three times the normal size," Duva said. "He gave me this goofy grin and he said, 'Yeah, I know. We'll party tonight and I'll go to the hospital tomorrow."'
 
Gatti attempted a comeback in July 2007, getting knocked out in seven rounds by Gomez. Afterward, with his legion of fans cheering for him in the arena, Gatti announced his retirement in the dressing room at Boardwalk Hall.
 
Neumann said it was tough for him to end that fight, simply because of Gatti's incredible ability to come back in fights.
 
"I couldn't stop that fight, simply because he was Arturo Gatti," Neumann said. "He was much more dignified to go out that way. He had to be counted out. When he fought, you never knew if he could come back. He looked beaten and still came back."
 
With that loss, Gatti acknowledged the end of all his travails and triumphs.
"I remember walking away from his last fight, and somebody walked up to him in the casino late at night and congratulated him," Duva said. "And he said, 'Why did he congratulate me?' And I said, 'He was excited to meet you.' And he kind of looked very surprised by that.
 
"He had no idea what an icon he was or how much he meant to people."
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Re: Gatti found dead in Brazil
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009, 07:35:13 AM »
Porto das Galinhas isn't too awfully far from where I am. I've been there several times. It's in the state of Pernambuco which coincidentally is the most dangerous state in Brazil in respect to murder statistics.

He told his buddy Popo that they were ready to seperate. On the news here they said his body had been in the room where they found him for approximately 8 hours. Where was his wife all this time?

It's pretty apparent what happened here.

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009, 10:58:21 AM »
I have to agree.

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Re: Gatti found dead in Brazil
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2009, 11:10:13 AM »
Police detain wife of former boxing champion Gatti
 

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian authorities say they have detained the wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti as a suspect following his death at a posh seaside resort in Brazil.
 

Police say 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody Sunday because of contradictions when she was interrogated. Gatti's body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil.
 

A spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police says Gatti was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found with blood stains at the scene. Milena Saraiva told The Associated Press that the Canadian also had a head injury. Saraiva said authorities were preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues.
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Re: Gatti found dead in Brazil
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2009, 02:12:01 PM »
Quote from: liesl78;41926
Police detain wife of former boxing champion Gatti
 

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian authorities say they have detained the wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti as a suspect following his death at a posh seaside resort in Brazil.
 

Police say 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody Sunday because of contradictions when she was interrogated. Gatti's body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil.
 

A spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police says Gatti was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found with blood stains at the scene. Milena Saraiva told The Associated Press that the Canadian also had a head injury. Saraiva said authorities were preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues.


I basically said earlier today in a PM exactly what this brazilian blogger said on OGlobo about this situation.

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       Marcia eu pensei a mesma coisa.
    A dita cuja trouxe a vítima para o Brazil para terminar o seu plano, sabendo que o crime cometido aqui teria sua pena abrandada, reduzida em função da impunidade e por saber que a justiça NÃO é igual para todos.
    Ela tendo condições financeiras, irá se 'armar' dos melhores adevogados para adiar a sua prisão e poder gozar de todos os bens deixados pela vítima.
    E se puder, ainda vai evadir do Brasil para poder viver impunimente.

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Re: Gatti found dead in Brazil
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009, 12:48:33 PM »
You were right, Bo.  It will be interesting to see how Brazilian justice proceeds in this case, which will certainly have the eyes of the US media upon it.

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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2009, 01:58:12 PM »
I boxed at the boxing club in Montreal where he still has family members boxing....as a former Montrealer, I am saddened big time....

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009, 09:36:59 PM »
Here we go.
 
The medical examiner in Brazil ruled that the cause of death of Arturo Gatti, who was asphixiated by his wife's purse strap and then stabbed in the neck is "inconclusive" and that "he may have committed suicide."
 
The medical examiner determined that the wound in the neck may have occurred when he fell to the ground onto the knife after strangling himself with his wife's purse.
 
If this wasn't Brazil, you would think I was making this up.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 01:49:11 AM »
The knife of course his wife handed to him so he could cut himself loose from the the purse strap he tied around his own neck. Boy, I bet she feels responsible for giving him the knife. OMG Who the HELL was his wife? Is she related to the Lins e Silva's ? Gutta maybe, or da Siva himself? Guess that coroner wanted to live!!

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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 07:58:11 AM »
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Here we go.
 
The medical examiner in Brazil ruled that the cause of death of Arturo Gatti, who was asphixiated by his wife's purse strap and then stabbed in the neck is "inconclusive" and that "he may have committed suicide."
 
The medical examiner determined that the wound in the neck may have occurred when he fell to the ground onto the knife after strangling himself with his wife's purse.
 
If this wasn't Brazil, you would think I was making this up.


OMG....I didn't see that. I would say "truly incredible" but I've been here too long.:nixweiss:

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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009, 12:01:45 PM »
I read this yesterday on yahoo. So they are going to charge his wife with murder even though the medical examiner ruled it inconclusive?  I think it would be a little hard for a small woman to hang a man by her purse strap, but maybe that's just me?

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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2009, 05:55:51 PM »
His death was ruled a suicide today.
 
Brazilian justice, you get what you pay for.
 
http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/9374684/Police:-Gatti's-death-a-suicide,-must-release-wife

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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2009, 05:55:11 AM »
The Brazilian police "decided" that it was a suicide, that the wife is innocent and released her!!

As if he could have hanged himself while passed out drunk and the wife could not have found a single Brazilian willing to be paid to help her out to get rid of him as she always promised and keep his child and money...


http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/willis/archives/2009/07/gatti_family_an.html

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Gatti's family and friends are launching their own investigation into his death. The Associated Press reported on Friday that the boxer's body buried in Montreal has been exhumed and the Quebec coroner's office will perform a new autopsy on Saturday at the family's request. An American pathologist will be present and assist with the autopsy, according to the report.

   Pat Lynch, Gatti's long-time manager told me he's hopeful the Canadian government will get involved in the investigation. He said Gatti's death was a "premeditated" act and believes Gatti's wife is at fault.

  "She had the will changed leaving everything to herself signed three weeks ago in Montreal," Lynch said. "There are emails where she wired funds to that area in Brazil. We believe there's enough information for the Canadian government to get involved ."

  Lynch, who managed Gatti throughout his career, doesn't believe Gatti committed suicide. "No way in a million years would Arturo Gatti commit suicide," Lynch said. "He loved life too much. The other thing is his little boy was in that condo, and he would never ever take his life like that in front of his son. There's no way ."

  Zito said he last spoke to Gatti by cell phone two weeks before his death.  Gatti was in Panama, spending time with Hall of Fame boxer   Roberto Duran. "They were thinking about buying some condominiums and opening some hotels together," Zito said. "I'm going to miss looking at my phone and not seeing Arthur's name anymore."

   Main Events, the New Jersey-based company the served as Gatti promoter issued a statement on Friday, confirming Lynch and the Gatti family "are conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We believe that once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done," the statement said.

  Just what can be done now that Brazilian authorities have washed their hands of the case is unclear. Lynch is hopeful any criminal activity Rodrigues may have conducted in Canada might lead to prosecution there.

  "It's just going to be a huge battle," Lynch said. "I know the Canadian authorities have started to take a look at it after some information was forwarded to them. Whether it's going to pick up steam I don't know. But  I'm pleading for their help."

  Zito, meanwhile, will continue to pass out T-shirts. "Thank God I had the honor and privilege of walking him into the ring each fight and him sharing his life with me," Zito said. "It was an absolute pleasure doing it.  His legacy will live on. We'll remember the good times we had with Arturo. The truth will come out. It's just a shame he gave 17 years of his life in battles and brawls to die at the hands of some low-life."

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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2009, 05:56:15 AM »
Report from the Associated Press:

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2009, 06:13:01 AM »
Brazil police rule Gatti's death suicide


 By BRADLEY BROOKS (AP) –

 RIO DE JANEIRO — Boxer Arturo Gatti's death was ruled a suicide by police Thursday and a judge ordered the release of his wife, who was once suspected of killing the former champion.

Lead investigator Paulo Alberes told The Associated Press that authorities decided Gatti killed himself on July 11 while at 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.

A day after the 37-year-old Gatti was found dead, police said that his 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 Gatti may have killed himself as he was found "suspended and hanged." The autopsy report didn't exclude the possibility he was slain, but said he also could have died in an unexplained accident, besides killing himself.

"The police investigation concluded that Arturo killed himself," said Celio Avelino, Rodrigues' attorney. "I've said before it would have been impossible for her to suspend and hang a man of that size."

Judge Ildete Verissimo de Lima ordered the immediate release of the 23-year-old Rodrigues after receiving the police report.

The judge wrote in the ruling that police informed the court "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 Thursday afternoon, said her lawyer, Avelino.

Gatti was found dead in the apartment he was renting with Rodrigues in the resort town of Porto de Galinhas. The pair 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.

From the accounts of Gatti's family and friends, the marriage with Rodrigues was tumultuous.

"She was yelling all the time, they were always fighting and she'd say 'I'm going to kill you!' when they fought," Gatti's mother, Ida, said in a telephone interview from Montreal shortly after her son's death.