Arguello's widow says it wasn't murder

Updated: July 9, 2010, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The widow of former boxing champion and Managua mayor Alexis Arguello says his death was a suicide -- not murder, as several of his children have claimed.

Karla Rizo told a Nicaraguan TV station Friday that she was present when Arguello decided to kill himself last year. Rizo said she was going to get help when she heard a gunshot, went back and found her husband face-down on the floor.

Investigators have said Arguello's death was likely suicide because there were traces of gunpowder on his hands. He died on July 1, 2009, of a single gunshot to the chest.

Arguello was elected mayor of Nicaragua's capital in 2008. He had spoken publicly of his struggle with depression and alcohol and drug use.

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