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He Gave It His All in the Ring. It Killed Him

Mask-wearing Mexican pro wrestler 'La Parka' dies at age 54 after October in-ring injury
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2020 10:45 AM CST
In this 2011, file photo, Mexican comedian Omar Chaparro, center, is held by professional wrestlers "La Parka" and "Monster Clown."   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

(Newser) – A horrific in-ring accident in October reportedly left a Mexican pro wrestler paralyzed—and now he has succumbed to his injuries. Per the New York Daily News, "La Parka" (real name Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza), known for donning elaborate costumes and masks, most notably ones depicting skeletons, died Saturday at the age of 54. The announcement came via a tweet from Lucha Libre AAA, a Mexican pro-wrestling promotion, late Saturday. "We are very sad to report that our friend and idol of Mexican wrestling Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta 'LA PARKA' has passed away," the group posted. "We extend our support and condolences to his whole family and raise our prayers so that they may soon heal from this."

At the event in Monterrey, Mexico, where he suffered his injury, Huerta Escoboza lurched out of the ring during a move and onto the floor, crashing into a steel barricade, per TMZ. He was said to have suffered a broken neck. After signs of kidney failure surfaced on Friday, he was put on a respirator. His kidneys failed Saturday, as did his lungs, and he died soon after. Huerta Escoboza started wrestling in 1987 and had toured as La Parka for more than two decades, AAA says. He was sometimes referred to as "La Parka II," as another wrestler, Adolfo Margarito Tapia Ibarra, also 54, claims the original name. (Read more wrestler stories.)

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