Boxer Arturo Gatti death now called suicide and wife released

July 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The death of Canadian boxer Arturo Gatti, 37, in Brazil earlier this month which was first believed to be a murder has been now ruled a probable suicide.  Gatti, a former world boxing champion, was found dead July 11 in an apartment he was renting with his family in the seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas near the northern Brazilian city of Recife.

His Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, 23, was originally held on suspicion of strangling him with her reported blood soaked handbag strap as he slept following a drunken argument the night before, but has now been cleared of suspicion of any crime, reports said Thursday.

Her alleged hours-long delay in alerting police, the crime scene being altered and signs that no one else could have entered the apartment supported that hypothesis, police said at the time.  Her attorney, however, said the fact Gatti’s body was found suspended proved his client’s innocence, because she could never suspend and hang a man that size.

A former world champion winning the IBF super featherweight champion in 1995 and WBC super lightweight champion in 2004, Gatti had been retired from the sport since 2007 with a record of 40 wins and 9 losses, with 31 wins by knockout.


2 Responses to “Boxer Arturo Gatti death now called suicide and wife released”

  1. Cant believe it on July 30th, 2009 9:22 pm

    She just got away with murder….taking him back to Brazil was smart on her part.
    Brazil always favors its own…

    It is good that her attempt to get him to change his will to benefit her…failed.
    His advisors talked him out of it…..thank goodness.

    Crime scene was ‘altered’.
    She didnt even go to trial…if you want to murder sowmone take them to Brazil..if you are Brazilian that is.

    Very sad…she could have just divorced him instead of killing him

  2. Jim Ginch on July 31st, 2009 9:12 am

    It’s all about what you want to believe. The authorities concluded she didn’t do it, but we’re always smarter and more honest than the authorities…or are we just more stupid?

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