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Old 11-19-2012, 05:13 AM   #1
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Default Cool wee article on Esteban De Jesus

http://www.boxing.com/a_picture_is_w...and_words.html

De Jesus was pardoned by Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon to spend his remaining time with his family. Among his many celebratorial visitors was none other than his old ring rival Roberto Duran.

In an astonishing expression of compassion and deep respect during the visit, Duran (belying his fierce ring image) hugged and kissed De Jesus in his deathbed and told his daughter to do the same. This moving event was witnessed by the late Josť Torre and captured in the following photograph. Little was known about HIV/AIDS at the time and whether or not simple human contact could lead to spreading the disease, but Duran didnít care as he embraced his rival and friend.

Esteban De Jesus died one month later; he was 37 years old.
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