Matador Victor Barrio fatally gored in bullfight in Spain

The 29-year-old is the first professional bullfighter to die in ring in over three decades

Spanish bullfighter Victor Barrio: he  was  gored a second time in the chest and the blow penetrated a lung and his aorta. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

Spanish bullfighter Victor Barrio: he was gored a second time in the chest and the blow penetrated a lung and his aorta. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

 

A matador has been fatally gored in Spain during a bullfight – the first professional bullfighter to be killed in the ring in more than three decades.

Victor Barrio (29) was pronounced dead late on Saturday by a surgeon at the bullring in the eastern town of Teruel.

Barrio was first gored in the thigh by the 1,166lbs bull’s left horn and his body was flipped over. He was gored a second time in the chest and the blow penetrated a lung and his aorta.

Doctors were at his side almost immediately, but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. The goring was broadcast live on television.

He was the first professional matador to die during a bullfight in Spain since 1985.