Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in south-western France, a medical service source said.(AFP Reported)
The 36-year-old stumbled in the bullring after catching his feet in his cloak and was gored by the bull whose horn punctured his lung.
The Basque fighter from Orduna near Bilbao, was performing at the Aire-sur-l’Adour bullfighting festival in France with fellow matadors Juan Del Alamo and Thomas Dufau.
Fandino had won an earlier fight and cut off the bull’s ear.
Hospital authorities declined to comment but an independent medical source told AFP that Fandino had suffered two heart attacks in the ambulance and died later in hospital.
The 36-year-old, originally from Orduña in the Basque Country, had been a professional matador for 12 years, and won a number of awards.
Last year matador Victor Barrio died after being fatally wounded in the ring, prompting reactions across animal rights supporters.
The controversial contest requires humans to publicly subdue – either by maiming or killing – a bull.
Every year several people die in Spanish summer festivals involving bulls running through towns or being chased in the countryside, which often attract tourists.