Matador Victor Barrio Gored to Death in Bullfight Captured on Live TV

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Award-winning bullfighter, Victor Barrio, was gored to death on Spanish Live TV on Saturday, July 9th.

Barrio, a 29-year-old professional matador from Segovia was competing in a fight in Teruel, Aragon in eastern Spain when the bull pierced his chest.

Spectators, including his wife of two years, Raquel Sanz, 32, witnessed his death at the festival Feria del Angel.

In fact, his father, Quinito, as well as relatives and friends were all there to watch him fight the bull, according to the International Business Times.

The 1218-pound Los Maños bred bull, Lorenzo, first flipped Barrio over with a horn. He then laid helplessly on the ground as Lorenzo continued to gore him, puncturing his lung and severing his aorta.

His colleagues attempted to distract the bull to get him out of the ring. Finally, he was taken to the hospital unconscious.

However, doctors couldn’t do anything to save him, the Daily Mail reported. It also said an initial medical report conducted by Dr. Ana Cristina Martinez Utrillas said Barrio was already in cardiac arrest when he got to the hospital.

Shortly afterwards, the festival was suspended, according to the Independent.

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His death is the first of a matador’s in nearly 30 years, according to BBC. Jose Cubero, also known as Yiyo, was the last matador to die in the bullring in 1985.

Barrio’s widow, who had to be treated for shock, expressed her grief on Twitter. She tweeted, “Thank you all. I can not answer you, I have no words. My life is gone, I have no strength, but much thanks #SoyBarriera.”

Moreover, Barrio’s hometown, Sepúlveda, has called for two days of official mourning for the matador.

On Monday, 3,000 people lined the streets to watch his coffin return home.

On the other hand, while Lorenzo was already slaughtered, the fate of Lorenzo’s mother is unknown. The tradition is to “kill off the bloodline” by slaughtering the mother of the bull. But according to The Telegraph, a Spanish newspaper reported that she already died a few days ago of old age.

Nevertheless, a campaign was launched to save her, reported the Independent.

In addition, it said a petition was set up by PACMA, a political party in Spain advocating for animal rights. Their designated hashtag is #SalvemosALorenza, which means “save Lorenzo.”

In a Facebook post, the group said, “No rite, tradition, or custom based on a succession of deaths, fed by blood and hatred, it cannot be good for any society.”

About Melody Chan

Melody is an avid fan of traveling. Although she thinks the packing and unpacking process is tedious, she believes the ability to enlighten herself while visiting new places is all worth it. She has already fallen in love with the idea of one day seeing the whole world. She knows that the world's beauty extends further than what a lens can show and is so much more than just words painted on a page. But when she's not traveling, she'll have to settle for her favorite pastime, writing. She is an aspiring screenwriter and journalist.

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