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Bullfighter gored to death

19 June 2017, 02:39 | Erma Lawrence

Bull gores matador to death during fight in France (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Spanish matador dies after being gored during bullfight

Fandino, who was taking part in the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival near Pau, is reportedly the first matador to die in France in a century.

Ivan FandiƱo was gored in the lung by one of the bull's horns, according to a report on BFM TV, a French news channel.

He was using his cape in a turn to distract the specially-bred fighting animal, but got entangled and could not free himself in time.

Fandino, 36, stumbled and was gored by the bull, which then launched him into the air.

The famous matador, husband and father has fought hundreds of bulls during his professional 12-year career.

Hospital authorities declined to comment but an independent medical source said that Fandino had suffered two heart attacks in an ambulance and died later in hospital.

A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France.

Around 1,000 bulls a year are killed in this way in France every year.

This is the first death of a matador in France in nearly a century.

Ivan Fandino from Orduana, near Bilbao, became a bullfighter in 2005 Torreo and has since become very popular.

"We just do not know how it could have happened".

A shocked colleague said: "It's a tragedy".

The royal family paid homage to "a great bullfighting figure" on their official Twitter page while Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy mourned the "sad news".

Fandino had been invited to take part in the 18th celebration of the San Isidro Fair.

"Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books, no-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal".

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