He was a Montreal kid who grew up to win three world boxing championship titles, millions of dollars in prize money and legions of fans around the world. But Arturo Gatti was also a troubled man who, outside of the ring, loved to party as hard as he fought.

In July 2009, Gatti died in the Brazil hotel room he was sharing with his wife while on a second honeymoon that was meant to patch up their troubled marriage. He was apparently strangled with a bloodied purse strap found near his body.

CBC-TV’s the fifth estate presents Gatti-vs-Gatti, an in-depth investigation into the life and mysterious death of Arturo “The Thunder” Gatti.

Was it a tragic love story, or a murder mystery? His wife said she found him dead on the floor. Police initially charged her with murder. Yet they freed Amanda Rodrigues less than three weeks later, instead deeming Gatti’s death a suicide. His family maintains he was killed—and now a pair of private investigators they hired claim they have the evidence to prove it.

With new evidence and first-hand testimony by Gatti’s family, friends, associates and Amanda Rodrigues herself, the fifth estate examines a myriad of allegations surrounding the state of Gatti’s mind, marriage and financial situation. Bob McKeown travels to Brazil, New Jersey and Montreal to reconstruct Arturo Gatti’s path to destruction.

The show airs on Friday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC. CBC-TV rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Sundays at 11 p.m. (11:30 NT). CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT

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