Bizarre case of the death of former boxing champ Arturo Gatti … from homicide to suicide.
Brazilian police are now saying that the death of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti was a suicide. Gatti’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues, has been released from jail. She had been arrested by Brazilian police on suspicion if murder. Arturo Gatti was found dead in his rented condo while on vacation at the seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas in northeast Brazil.
Brazilian police now say former world boxing champion and former Montreal resident Arturo Gatti committed suicide, and his wife has been released from jail in line with their finding.
Lead investigator Paulo Alberes told The Associated Press on Thursday that an investigation into Gatti’s death has concluded that he killed himself.
Initially Gatti’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues, had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Arturo Gatti. However, his death has now been ruled a suicide.
The public safety ministry of the northeastern Pernambuco state said investigators determined that Gatti hung himself in a stairwell, the newspaper O Globo reported.
Police official Paulo Alberes said Gatti used the purse strap to end his life, O Diario de Pernambuco reported.
In an astounding reversal, Arturo Gatti’s death was ruled a suicide by Brazilian police.
The announcements were the latest twists in a case that has been plagued by uncertainty and an inconclusive autopsy after the 37-year-old Gatti, one of the most popular boxers ever to fight out of New Jersey, was found dead July 11 while at a seaside resort in northeastern Brazil.
The body of former world boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been exhumed at his family’s request.
A new autopsy will now be carried out on Mr Gatti’s body at the Quebec coroner’s office.
Deputy Chief Coroner Gilles Ethier said Mr Arturo’s family had enlisted an American pathologist to assist with the new autopsy, which is scheduled for Saturday.