As I’m sure all of you bros know, last week was the annual ‘Running of the Bulls’ ceremony in Pamplona, Spain. One thing that many people don’t often realize about the Pamplona Bull Run is that the foot race ends by pouring out in an arena, and then all of the bulls are killed by matadors in the ring. Bullfighting is a controversial sport, but it’s centuries old and highly regarded in cultures throughout the globe, and 99.99999% the bullfights end with the same result: the bull dies, not the matador.
The Associated Press has reported that for the first time since 1985, over three decades, a Spanish matador has died after being fatally gored by a 1,166-pound bull in the Teruel bullring.
MADRID (AP) — A bullfighter was fatally gored in Spain in an eastern town — the first professional matador to be killed in the ring in more than three decades.
Victor Barrio, 29, was pronounced dead late Saturday by a surgeon at the Teruel bullring. Barrio was first gored in the thigh by the 1,166-pound (530-kilogram) bull’s left horn and his body was flipped over.
He was gored a second time in the chest and the blow penetrated a lung and his aorta as the matador was on the ground.
Medics were at his side almost immediately, but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. The goring of Barrio was broadcast live on television and news of his death stirred widespread reaction ranging from the bullfighting community to politicians.
“My condolences to the family and colleagues of Victor Barrio, the deceased bullfighter this evening in Teruel. Rest in Peace,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted.
Prominent bullfighter Enrique Ponce said he was “deeply saddened by the death of my colleague in the ring. Let God embrace him in all his glory. Great matador.”
Participants at the famed running of the bulls at the San Fermin festivities in Pamplona wore improvised black armbands in honor of the fallen matador while dashing along the streets on the way to the bullring on Sunday morning.
As I said above, there IS VIDEO of the bull fatally goring the Spanish bullfighter. Since I’m really not into posting videos of animals killing people (or people killing animals for that matter) I chose to exclude that video from this article. But if you want to see what it looks like when a 1,166-pound bull gores and kills a man you can CLICK HERE to head on over to the AP’s website, just know that you’ll be watching a human being die in the bullring.
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