Wrestler in Jack Black Film Dies During Match

Mexico's Cesar Barron, the 'Silver King,' suffers apparent heart attack in London
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2019 3:30 PM CDT
Wrestler in Jack Black Film Dies During Match
In this image made from video, the Silver King, right, talks to the camera with fan Mark van der Enden at the Roundhouse in London on Saturday. The wrestler died during the match.   (@estefyunvin via AP)

(Newser) – Tragedy on a London wrestling stage Saturday night: A Mexican wrestler who appeared in the Jack Black movie Nacho Libre died during a match from an apparent heart attack, reports the Guardian. Cesar Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled as The Silver King, was 51. Those who saw the 2006 movie might remember him for his portrayal of the villain Ramses. On Sunday, Black paid tribute to Barron on Instagram. Barron collapsed during the match, but all accounts say everybody—the audience, the referee, and his opponent—appeared to think it was part of act, reports Deadline.

The ref ordered him up off the mat, but Barron was unresponsive as his opponent lifted his leg for the pin. By the Guardian's count, he lay there for more than two minutes before help was summoned. “It seemed to be part of the show at first but then he didn’t get up—and then the medical team was on the stage. Everybody was cleared out,” a member of the audience tells the local Camden New Journal. The official cause of death has not been released, but Scotland Yard is treating it as "non-suspicious." (Read more wrestler stories.)

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