Boxing great Arguello commits suicide


June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM EDT

Nicaraguan boxing legend Alexis Arguello committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart early Wednesday, local press reports said.

The 57-year-old, a national hero who was elected mayor of Managua last November, had been suffering from depression according to radio and TV station reports.

Arguello was one of the world's dominant boxers in the 1970s and 1980s reigning as WBA featherweight champion from 1974 to 1976, WBC lightwelterweight champion from 1978 to 1980 and WBC lightweight champion from 1981 to 1983.

He was honoured by his country last year when named to carry the national flag at the opening cermony of the Beijing Olympics.

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