The 57-year-old Mayor of Managua (Nicaragua’s capital) and former three-time world boxing champion, Alexis Arguello, was found dead in his home Wednesday morning from a gunshot wound to his chest.
There is speculation that the ex-boxing champ also known as, “El Flaco Explosivo,” committed suicide, but no official confirmation has been given. Local media reported that Arguello experienced depression and had recently taken a leave of absence from his mayoral duties.
The shocking news of Arguello’s death led the Nicaraguan government to announce three days of national mourning and the postponement of President Daniel Ortega’s trip to Panama to attend Ricardo Martinelli's inauguration on Wednesday.
Arguello’s Hall of Fame boxing career began in 1968 and he gained worldwide recognition as one of the best lightweight boxers, winning three world titles while boxing at just 130 pounds. Arguello was recently selected to carry the Nicaraguan flag at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
In November, Arguello was elected as the mayor of Managua, winning 51 percent of the vote in a contest that was criticized by some as fraudulent.