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Alexis Arguello Just Faded Away

Updated on June 23, 2013
A young warrior.
A young warrior.

A Life Long Battle with Drugs

Today is June 23, 2013. I kind of forgot about writing this article almost 4 years ago. While reviewing my account, I came across this article and found I had not updated the story. Well, as you probably know by now, it was determined that on July 1, 2009, at 2:02 a.m., Alexis Arguello, who was mayor of Managua, capital city of Nicaragua, placed the barrel of his revolver against his chest and shot himself straight through the heart. It was neither his problems with drugs nor the alcohol that caused the act. Instead, the corrupt world of Nicaraguan politics was what moved him to commit suicide. Sadly,. this information was located on the link:

This was just a reminder to me how fast events can unfold to forever change the face of the world we live in. As I wrote in my article below back in 2009, as sometimes happens with those who achieve wealth and fame from playing professional sports, after the cheering ended Arguello’s life quickly started to unravel.

“Alexis Arguello, who has been found dead aged 57, was a world boxing champion at three different weights and later entered politics in his native Nicaragua.”

“Alexis Arguello was found dead on July 1. There had been rumors of financial improprieties, and there are reports that he shot himself.”

Above, I quoted “” and chose to show the very first sentence and the very last sentence of the obituary for Alexis Arguello. In all honesty, all the details of his life are a fascinating story. But this article is to examine his death. How? What was the reason? Who was involved if not a suicide? This is a devastating end to a life that was one of accomplishment and contribution and pride.

The really sad part was the timing of this tragic death. Steve McNair, popular NFL star was shot to death by his mistress on 7-4-09. Arturo Gatti, another popular boxing star was killed by his wife on 7-10-09. McNair was 36, Gatti was 37 and Arguello was 57. Arguello allegedly took his own life. He chose to die. So his apparent suicide was not as prominent as the two murders. Does that even make sense? We cannot quantify the importance of a person’s death, yet it is done all the time. Remember the recent celebrity deaths of Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. I did not even know that McMahon died the day before Farah Fawcett and Mr. Jackson. Did you?

Arguello lived in Managua, Nicaragua. Just last year, he was elected mayor of the Capitol City. Then, on July 1, 2009, he was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. He retired from boxing in 1995 and get a load of his pro boxing record…Impressive…He was 82 wins, 65 by knockout, against only 8 defeats. He was world champion in three separate weight classes. He fought everybody and anybody. He fought professionally for 28 years. So much for his fame and accomplishment in the ring. He was called one of the greatest fighters of the 20th century. He was so loved and honored in his country that he was bestowed the honor of carrying the Flag of Nicaragua in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 1992, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. What the heck happened? How and why did he possibly take his own life?

Did you know that he tried another time to shoot himself? According to “,” in 1984, when Alexis Arguello was 32, “he sat on his boat in the ocean one morning and stared down the black shaft of a loaded automatic pistol. It was as good a place as any to die.” The fact that his 12 year old son was with him, changed his mind. Twenty five years later, isolation and a shotgun finished the job. He was born on April 19, 1952, died on July 1, 2009. In 1985, he told Sports Illustrated that he thought of suicide as a way out of his feelings of betrayal and despair. This man had serious mental issues. But why now? It was said that those who knew him said he was suffering from depression lately. I take four pills for depression and anxiety. There are doctors who can help you with that problem. Mine does. Americas News notes that Arguello had, at times, suffered from addiction to drugs and alcohol. (USA” has reported that authorities have uncovered more evidence that his death was a suicide. Assistant judicial police Chief Glenda Zavala says traces of gunpowder were found on the 57-year-old Arguello's hands, suggesting he shot himself. There were no other signs of violence in the room where he was found. So as of today, that has to suffice. We don’t know anything else. We know he was a fierce competitor, revered by his countrymen, held a gun to his face in 1984 and told national sports publication that he was considering suicide in 1985. Why now? He knows, but cannot tell us. His decision was final.

Here is the irony. I found a site called that lists quotes from famous people. Just read this one quote credited to Alexis Arguello.

“I do think the heart can balance out the mind, if your heart is in a good place it can give you the strength to do the right thing and behave the right way and overcome the mind.”

Why in God’s name didn’t he listen?


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