On live television, and in front of a cheering crowd, a Spanish matador was fatally wounded by a bull. According to Saturday’s BBC News, 29-year-old Victor Barrio was knocked down and then gored in the chest by a bull named “Lorenzo.”
The incident happened on Saturday in the town of Teruel in Aragon – the grievously wounded professional bullfighter was rushed to a hospital, but he could not be saved. Matador deaths are rare – in fact, the last time that a bullfighter was killed was over three decades ago, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Barrio’s widow, 32-year-old Raquel Sanz, took to Twitter to express her grief – she Tweeted, “‘Thanks to everyone. I cannot reply to you, I have no words. My life has gone, I have no strength, although I have a lot of thanks,” reported the Daily Mail.
Barrio was not the only bull-related fatality on Saturday – hours outside of Teruel, a 28-year-old man was fatally gored at a bull run through a village.
Officials and fans are grieving Barrio’s death, but animal welfare advocates have been less sympathetic, noting the cruel manner in which bulls are slayed during the bloody battles.
(Photo, screenshot via CBS News)