An autopsy performed on recently deceased boxing star Arturo Gatti's body indicates that the former champ may have committed suicide. Gatti's body was found in the apartment he had rented out in the seaside resort town of Porto de Galinhas, in northeastern Brazil. He and his wife were on vacation for a second honeymoon in an attempt to repair what all who knew the couple have called a "troubled" relationship.
Police have claimed that Gatti's wife, 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues, strangled her husband to death while he was deep in a drunken sleep on the evening of July 11th. Rodrigues was immediately arrested upon suspicion of murder and is being held in a prison in Recife. She has maintained her innocence and has yet to be formally charged.
Jornal do Comercio newspaper reported Saturday that it had obtained the official autopsy report which prove that Gatti's body was "suspended and hanged, indicating he may have committed suicide." But Paula Cysneiros, the spokeswoman for the medical examiners office, refused to confirm the newspaper's report.
Rodrigues' sister, Flavia, defended her sibling, telling local newspaper Folha de S. Paulo that there was "no way she could have strangled a man of that size."
Rodrigues' attorney, Celio Avelino, agreed, saying, "She is fragile, young and skinny—how could she kill a boxing champion?" Avelino continued, telling the AP, "When she awoke, she presumed he had committed suicide. But she had nothing to do with it."
But police say that Gatti's body also had a small knife wound in the back of his head, which they claim proves the death was a homicide. In accordance with Brazilian law, the police have until this Wednesday, July 22nd to hand over evidence to prosecutors, who will determine if it is decisive enough to follow through with formal charges.