Saturday, 9 July 2016

Top Spanish matador is gored to death by an 87st bull on live TV

An award-winning bullfighter has been gored to death live in front of hundreds of terrified spectators. Segovia bullfighter Víctor Barrio, 29, suffered a mortal blow during a tournament also screened on television, in the town of Teruel in Aragon, Eastern Spain. The performer was rushed to hospital unconscious but doctors were unable to save his life.

He rolled to the ground in a painful somersault after the 87 stone beast caught him while he tried to attract the animal with a 'muletazo' manoeuvre. The third bull of the day snagged him in the side, rammed him to the ground and gored him the chest. The Los Maños bred bull, named Lorenzo, had reportedly been struggling but caught the showman off guard. 

The horrific goring was shown live on TV, and shocked viewers have uploaded footage of the scene on social media.  This is the first matador fatality in Spain this century.

Barrio was a trained professional and named the winner of San Isidro bullfighter by the Senior Club of Madrid. He had a string of other awards after joining the sport relatively late after working on a golf course.

The tragic death of Barrio comes on the same day a man died in a bull-run near the southern Spanish town of Alicante, a three hour drive north of Teruel. The deadly incident occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday during late-night festivities in the 

Víctor Barrio, 29, has been gored to death in the ring live in front of hundreds of spectators

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