The famous spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino, 36, died in hospital on Saturday after being gored in the chest by a bull. The accident happened during a fight in southwestern France, a medical service source said.
The Basque fighter was performing at the Aire-sur-l’Adour bullfighting festival in France. Matadors Juan Del Almo and Thomas Dufas also participated.
Initially Fandino won a fight and even cut off the bull’s ear. But later the bull’s horn punched his lung and the fighter was carried away from the arena with visible blood stains on his traditional costume. A medical source told AFP that Fandino had suffered two heart attacks in the ambulance and died later in hospital in the nearby town of Mont-de-Marsan.
The old tradition of bullfighting is still very popular in Spain. There are around 1,800 shows a year before an audience of six million fans who see the sport as an essential part of Spanish culture. But animal rights organizations increase the pressure upon the authorities to ban the performances, putting in danger humans and animals.