Young bull rider dies after being stepped on by bull in ‘freak accident’

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A young bull rider from Brazil died in a freak accident at the Velocity Tour event in Fresno, California. On August 29, the PBR issued a release about the death of 22-year-old Amadeu Campos Silva. Silva was riding a bull named Classic Man when his spur got caught up in a rope, and caused him to roll under the bull, who then stepped on his chest.

Silva was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Amadeu Campos Silva via PBR press release

The PBR release outlined the young man’s accomplishments:

Our heart breaks for Amadeu’s family and friends. At 22, he was a bull rider with a lot of promise, coming to the U.S. after competing in PBR Brazil in 2017 and 2018 to pursue his dream of a World Championship. In 2019, he was runner up at the Brazilian Finals and that year, made his U.S. debut on the Velocity Tour in Edinburg, Texas; 11 months later he made it to the premier series in Manchester, N.H. At the end of the 2020 season, one of Amadeu’s life dreams was accomplished: he rode in the PBR World Finals. This season, on the Velocity Tour, he was again angling to rise to the elite level. Amadeu was a rising star in our sport; a cowboy with so much potential on and off the dirt.

And words of condolence to Amadeu’s family and friends:

The entire PBR and western sports family extend our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Amadeu’s family and friends.  Please say a prayer tonight for them, and may Amadeu’s soul eternally rest in peace.

(Stock image of bull via Pixabay – NOT the bull or rider from this story)

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