Former junior welterweight contender Hector Lopez, once voted one of the top-25 Glendale athletes of all time by the News-Press, died Monday, according to Fightnews.com, at the age of 44.
Lopez, who lived in Glendale for 12 years and attended Hoover High before winning a silver medal for Mexico in the 1984 Olympics, was found dead in his Mexico City home of heart failure from an apparent drug overdose, according to his longtime former manager Harry Kazandjian.
"It was a great loss in the boxing world," said Kazandjian, who managed Lopez during the height of his pro career from 1990-98. "He was his own worst enemy. This kid had all the boxing skills in the world that anybody could dream.
"I talked to him maybe three, four days before he passed away, we were talking about getting him a fight. There was some progress, he was in great shape — same Hector, just older — then four or five days later one of his close friends, Jerry Rosenberg, gave me the bad news, that Hector did what he did and is no longer alive."