Gatti's widow welcomes further investigation

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, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Amanda Rodrigues is confident the second autopsy performed on her late husband will convince people she had nothing to do with his death.

In a long letter sent to the Journal de Montreal, the widow of boxing champ Arturo Gatti tries to set the record straight and re-establish her reputation.

Rodrigues, 23, was imprisoned for 18 days in Brazil following Gatti's death before police concluded he had killed himself.

Shocked by the way she was painted as a "monster" and "murderer," Rodrigues welcomed a second autopsy.

"This will only count for my benefit, reassuring my innocence for his family and everyone else that still don't believe that I am innocent," she said.

But even if her name is totally cleared, Rodrigues, who recently retained a Montreal-based lawyer, said the people who treated her like a murderer will have to answer for their accusations.

"After the autopsy, I am going to return to Montreal to be respected," she said.

"All the accusations and false statements made about me from anybody or by the media, my lawyer will be taking care of," she said.

Rodrigues said she's stunned to see the friends and parents of the former boxing champ claiming he couldn't have killed himself. She said her husband had problems with drugs and alcohol and had suffered from depression since he was a child.

In the past few years since his retirement, Rodrigues said he deteriorated.


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