Spanish matador Ivan Fandino died from an injury he sustained after being gored by a bull in France. Fandino, who’d been a professional bullfighter for 12-years, reportedly tripped on his cape, causing him to lose his concentration before he was impaled by a horn.
Fandino died in the hospital Saturday, his death caused by heart, lung and kidney punctures. He had been taking part in the 18th celebration of the San Isidro Fair.
Witnesses say that as Fandino was using his cape in a turn, a move intended to divert the bull’s attention, when the bullfighter tripped. That’s when Burp, the five-year-old Balstar bull specially-bred for bullfighting, pierced the matador’s side with one of his horns, then launched him into the air.
“Ivan was caught by surprise and suffered the consequences,” said a member of the crowd. The crowd thought everything was “under control” and they were cheering.
“Then we realized that Ivan was very badly hurt, and he was rushed away by other matadors, supported by paramedics,” the witness said.
According to reports, Fandino’s heart stopped in the ambulance as he was headed to the hospital.
Fandino, who had also suffered serious injuries in 2014 and 2015, leaves behind a wife, Cayetana, and a baby daughter named Mara.
One of Fandino’s colleague’s called the incident a “tragedy.”
Another associate, rancher Victorino Martin, wrote on Twitter: “Our friend and great bullfighter Ivan Fandino dies in France. A great loss for the world of bullfighting. We are dismayed.”
The Humane Society International also weighed in, calling Fandino’s death a “tragedy,” then asking for a ban on bullfighting in France. They said:
“For the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a tragedy in which they have no chance of escaping a protracted and painful death. Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books, no-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.”
Burp was also severely injured during the event and was later killed.
Fandino becomes the second Spanish bullfighter to die within a 12-month time period. Victor Barrio was killed last July after being gored by a bull in front of spectators. Before Barrio’s death, a professional matador hadn’t died in the ring in Spain since 1992.
Also in the news, Australian bull rider Bradie Gray was recently listed in critical condition after he was trampled by a bull at a rodeo event in Casper, Wyoming. He suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta, and collapsed lungs.
Fandino’s body will be returned to the family home in Orduna, south of Bilbao on Spain’s northern coast, for a funeral service.
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