Boxing Champ Gatti Hangs Himself
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, Former world boxing champion was found dead in a holiday flat in the Brazilian resort of Porto de Galinhas in early July. The police said that he had committed suicide.
The Italian-Canadian had hanged himself and was not murdered was cleared in the investigation.
The Boxer’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues, 23, who had been held on suspicion of his murder, was released by a court in Recife.
“Detaining his wife was no longer necessary as inquiries had ruled out that Gatti was murdered, the court said on Thursday. The boxer "killed himself by hanging", it added.
Gatti was found dead on July 11 in Porto de Galinhas in an apartment where he was on holiday with his wife and one-year-old son.
In her statement Amanda Rodrigues admitted to having had an argument with her husband but denied killing him.
She said she found her husband dead the next morning in the two-story apartment.
The investigation also revealed that the former boxer was under the influence of alcohol at the time of his death.
Gatti was the International Boxing Federation super-featherweight world champion from 1995 to 1997. In 2004, he won the World Boxing Council world title at junior-welterweight but lost it a year and a half later to Floyd Mayweather Jr. He retired in 2007.
Gatti had won 40 bouts out of the total 49 of his professional fights.