Boxer Oscar Diaz
Oscar Diaz, a San Antonio boxer and former welterweight title holder, passed away Thursday due to complications from a brain injury he sustained in the ring in July, 2008. He was 32.
Known as "El Torito" to boxing fans, Diaz collapsed in the ring during the 11th round in a bout against Delvin Rodriquez at the former Municipal Auditorium. The match was nationally televised on ESPN-2, but was cut off after Diaz let out a scream and fell to the mat. He underwent surgery to reduce swelling in his brain
at University Hospital and fell into a two month-long coma. You can read the Current's account of that fateful night here.
Following his coma, Diaz was moved to a rehabilitation facility but was in and out of the hospital over the years, according the KSAT12
. The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Death confirmed the cause of death to the news station.
Diaz made his professional boxing debut in 2001. Funeral arrangements are pending.