Monday 21 October 2019

Wrestler dies of heart attack during match

 

A fan of the wrestler and actor who died after collapsing on stage mid-performance in London shared the moment he got to meet his idol earlier that afternoon. Photo: @estefyunvin via AP
A fan of the wrestler and actor who died after collapsing on stage mid-performance in London shared the moment he got to meet his idol earlier that afternoon. Photo: @estefyunvin via AP

Alexander Britton

A wrestler and actor has died of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on stage mid-performance.

Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, who appeared in the film 'Nacho Libre' alongside Jack Black, died at the Roundhouse in Camden, north-west London.

The 51-year-old former World Championship Wrestling (WCW) performer known as Silver King suffered a suspected heart attack during the bout, according to promoters.

He is believed to have been facing Juventud Guerrera, or Youth Warrior, when he collapsed.

Footage posted online by fans shows Gonzalez struggling to his feet when his opponent appears to kick him in the side, before turning him over to "pin" him for the victory.

Gonzalez is not seen to move again before the referee checks him about 90 seconds later as the show carried on and the victor celebrated.

Then others entered the ring to Gonzalez's aid and put him in the recovery position.

Scotland Yard said police are treating his death as "non-suspicious".

An ambulance arrived five minutes after being called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fight attendee Roberto Carrera Maldonado said the wrestler's condition initially appeared "staged" as part of the event, before efforts were made to revive him.

"All of us were really shocked - it wasn't clear what was happening," Mr Carrera said. "I had the impression they didn't know what to do."

Irish Independent

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