A 36-year-old matador has been killed by a bull in France after tripping on his cape and being impaled by a horn.
Prize bullfighter Ivan Fandino, who had been a professional for 12 years, died in hospital after his heart, lungs and kidneys were punctured yesterday.
The Spaniard, from the Basque region, leaves behind a wife and daughter after his death at the Corrida des Fetes in Aire-sur-l’Adour, France.
‘It’s a tragedy,’ said a shocked colleague. ‘We just do not know how it could have happened.’
Fandino’s wife Cayetana was today with her baby daughter, Mara, as she arranged to have her husband’s body returned to the family home in Orduna, south of Bilbao on Spain’s northern coast, for a funeral service.
Horrified spectators looked on as Fandino tripped and was gored by the bull – a five-year-old Balstar named Burp – which also launched him into the air.
‘Ivan was caught by surprise and suffered the consequences,’ said a member of the crowd. ‘People were cheering to begin with, thinking everything was under control.
‘Then we realised that Ivan was very badly hurt, and he was rushed away by other matadors, supported by paramedics.’
The Humane Society said: ‘No-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.’ Pictured: Fandino performing just before his fatal accident
He was using his cape in a turn to engage and distract the specially-bred fighting bull, and the animal then pierced the matador’s side with one of his horns.
His wounds were so serious, his heart stopped while he was in an ambulance.
Burp, who weighed more than half a tonne, was also severely injured in the incident, and was later killed.