Famous and award winning prize bullfighter Ivan Fandino was killed by a bull in France after tripping on his cape and being gored by the animal’s horn – in the bullring at Mont-de-Marsan, France.
The 36-year-old matador died in hospital after suffering from a punctured lung on June 17. Reports say his wounds were so great that his heart stopped while he was being rushed in an ambulance.
The Spaniard had been a professional bull fighter for 12 years from the Basque region.
“It’s a tragedy,” said a colleague. “We just do not know how it could have happened.”
According to the report by the Daily Mail, the audience looked in horror as Fandino tripped on his cape and was impaled by the fighting bull – who also launched him into the air.
The bullfighter was using his cape in a move to engage and distract the animal. Unfortunately the animal managed to pierce the matador’s side with one of his horns.
Many people from the world of bullfighting have taken to social media to pay their respects to the fallen matador. Rancher Victorino Martin tweeted this message: “Our friend and great bullfighter Ivan Fandino dies in France. A great loss for the world of bullfighting. We are dismayed.”
Ivan Fandino became a bullfighter at the age of 14 and made his debut in 2005 – even though it wasn’t a family tradition. He happens to be the second Spanish matador to perish in the ring in the past year. He is also the first Spanish bullfighter to die fighting since 1992.
The Humane Society International (HSI) commented on Fandino’s death calling it a ‘tragedy’.
However, HSI added this follow up statement: “For the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a tragedy in which they have no chance of escaping a protracted and painful death.
Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books, no-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.”
HSI happens to be a group which works with animal protection. Bullfighting, despite numerous criticisms levied against it, remains a traditional sport ingrained in many European cultures.
Our prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy!
What can you say about this tragic death? Would you ever consider watching a bullfight despite how ‘outdated’ some critics have called it?