Miguel Cotto Sr. was said to have died of heart attack while driving in his hometown Caguas near the shopping center Oscar Cash & Carry. He has been known to have suffered from a heart disease and asthma for years.
Joseph A. Sanchez of El Nuevo Dia reported that a young bartender named Douglas Melendez was asked to call an ambulance by Cotto Sr. but he said that the ambulance never came. Melendez said he called around 2:04 p.m, 2:14 p.m, and twice at 2:15 p.m., and until 2:53 p.m. He said that around 3:15, the old man died on his arms. At around 4 p.m. his body was moved to the Institute of Forensic Sciences for autopsy purposes. He said that he didn’t know that the old man is Cotto’s father not until Caguas police officer Emily Rodriguez fond the information on his profile.
The 911 service was blamed in this incident for they never responded to Melendez’ emergency call.
Miguel Cotto were very close to each other. His father was present during his title defense fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 14, 2009. He was the one who forced his son to stop the fight for he had been badly beaten by Pacquiao.