Professional rider Mason Lowe dies after bull steps on his chest
Missouri native (25) ranked 18th in the world thrown and injured at Denver event
Mason Lowe rides the bull Lunatic during a Professional Bull Riders competition last year in St Louis. Photograph: Keith Gillett/AP
A professional bull rider has died as a result of injuries sustained in a competition in Denver.
Professional Bull Riders (PBR) confirmed in a statement that Mason Lowe died on Tuesday after he was thrown from a bull and trampled during Monday’s event at the Denver Coliseum at the National Western Complex.
Lowe (25) was immediately transported to Denver Health, where he succumbed on Tuesday to “massive heart, heart valve and aorta damage” according to USA Today.
“The loss of Mason is devastating to us all,” PBR chief executive officer Sean Gleason said. “Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with his family and wife Abbey. Right now we’re focusing on easing their pain and supporting them during this very difficult time.”
All riders will wear a special patch to remember Lowe when the competition concludes on Tuesday night, the tour said.
Said Gleason: “Our priorities are to Mason’s family first as we support them following his tragic passing, and then to his brothers in arms in Denver who are preparing to soldier on, strap in and compete tonight.”
“Our entire rodeo family and every member of the Stock Show community is saddened by the loss of bull rider Mason Lowe,” said Paul Andrews, the president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the Lowe family, his fellow bull riders and the entire PBR organization. The National Western Stock Show and the PBR will have a tribute tonight in honor of Mason.” – Guardian