Bullfighting has been around since the ancient days. You can see how far it dates back in a wall painting in Crete that dates back to about 2000 BC. It depicts a male and female confronting a bull. But it’s also a deadly sport. Recently, a famous Matador ended up being killed during a bull-running festival in Mont-de-Marsan, a city located in the southwest of France.
Matadors are performers. They dress up in a distinctive costume that consists of a silk jacket covered in gold, skintight trousers, and a hat. The Matador uses a large cape to greet the bull and maneuver it.
The matador in this story was tragically killed because of an incident involving the long cape. It’s a dark reminder that this sport is full of bloody risks.
36-year-old Ivan Fandino died in a French town close to the Spanish border. He had been in the Matador industry for 12 years.
According to reports, Fandino got tangled in his cape while leering the bull into it and the animal ended up piercing his lung.
The Matador had fought hundreds of bulls during his bullfighting career. But no experience could have prepared him for this freak accident.
Once in the ambulance, Fandino’s heart gave out and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Warning: some of the photos showing the incident, and the moments that followed it, are graphic.
According to Independent, another matador named Juan del Alamo later killed the bull. He told the media: “I can’t believe it. None of us understand how it could have happened.”
He continued: “It was all so fast. The bull knocked him down with its hindquarters and he fell face down.” French media said that Fandino suffered a heart attack in the ambulance.
Independent notes that the famous matador had been injured in the ring twice before. His most recent injury was in 2015
The Times reports that Fandino is the first bullfighter to die in the ring in France since 1921. Judging by how intense this activity is, that’s pretty impressive.
According to reports, once Fandino was injured by the bull, he yelled for his rescuers to help move him. Many reports say that his final words were, “Hurry up, I’m dying.”
The incident took place in the town of Mont-de-Marsan which is near the Spanish border. A video emerged after the Matador was killed, and it’s pretty gory.
It shows the bullfighter tossed into the air by the bull during the so-called sporting event, according to Express.
The audience was filled with shocked spectators. They were subjected to the awful scenes of the bull plunging its horns into Fandino’s chest.
Bullfighting is traditionally associated with areas of northern Spain but it has gotten fairly popular in the Basque-speaking areas of southwest France.
According to Independent, Fandino’s death came almost a year after the death of Spanish matador Victor Barrio. He was killed by a bull on live TV in Teruel, eastern Spain.
The sport itself has been criticized for its cruelty. In 2010, the Catalan regional government in Barcelona voted for a ban in 2010, Independent reports.
However, the ban was struck down by the Spanish constitutional court last year. Regardless, Fandino was loved by many. The Spanish royal family and prime minister honored him.