According to the newspaper accounts, Gatti was found dead in his apartment in Brazil under suspicious circumstances. One report indicates that Gatti was strangled by the strap of a purse -- possibly owned by his wife.
For most, Gatti will be remembered as a partner in some of the most memorable boxing matches of the past 20 years. In a triology of matches against Mickey Ward, Gatti made the action in those Rocky movies look not-so far-fetched.
Gatti was involved in boxing's fight of the year four times. Here's the ninth round of one the fights against Ward in 2002:
Interestingly, Gatti added Ward to his ring entourage in his subsequent fights.