Bullfighter Trips Over Cloak, Fatally

Ivan Fandino gored in the ring in France, 2nd fatality in past year
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2017 7:00 AM CDT
Bullfighter Trips Over Cloak, Fatally
Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino fails to kill a fighting bull during a bullfight at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, in this May 18, 2017, file photo.   (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

In a profession with little room for error, Ivan Fandino made one that cost him his life on Saturday: The 36-year-old Spanish bullfighter tripped on his cape while in the ring in France, sending him to the ground, where a bull gored him in the chest, reports Sky News. Fandino's lung was injured, and he suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital, reports the BBC. His death is the second of a matador in the past year; Victor Barrio was gored to death on live television in July, an incident which raised renewed calls to end an ancient sport many view as barbaric. Though known for its roots in Spain, bullfighting was legalized in France in 2012; the AFP noted at the time that around 1,000 bulls are killed annually in France. Fandino, who was performing at a festival near the Spanish border, is only the second matador to die in France in nearly a century. (More matador stories.)

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