|Several medical experts voiced their opinion that Arturo Gatti did not commit suicide in 2009. (REUTERS/Teddy Blackburn/Files)
One day after private investigators publicly disputed the verdict that boxer Arturo Gatti had committed suicide, Brazilian officials reportedly pledged to reopen the case.
Gatti's death, in a rented apartment in Porto de Galinhas on July 30, 2009, was ruled a suicide by hanging.
But new information unveiled by investigators Wednesday in New Jersey suggested Gatti was murdered, and potentially could lead to a change in the verdict.
Gatti's friends and family have sent a petition to the judge to reopen the case.
A note on the website of the Civil Police of Pernambuco now reports that "the supposed evidence" from the private investigators "must be presented to the court ... which concluded suicide."
"I had tears in my eyes (upon hearing the news)," the late boxer's agent, Pat Lynch, said. "All we want is to know the truth and find the culprits."
Gatti's widow, Amanda Rodrigues, disagrees with the findings in the private report, her lawyer, Pierre-Hugues Fortin, said Thursday in Montreal.