Warning: Distressing Content
A renowned bullfighter, who was killed in France, gave haunting last words as he lay dying inside the ring.
Ivan Fandino – an award-winning matador – was married and also leaves behind a daughter.
The fighter was knocked into the air by the enraged bull, during the controversial ‘sport’ over the weekend.
Ivan’s last words have been revealed after the father tripped on his cloak during the fight.
The bull reportedly plunged its horns into his lungs after Ivan fell.
As he was carried out of the arena, according to the Mirror, Ivan is believed to have said:
Hurry up, I’m dying.
Footage has emerged online of the fatal fight, which took place in the French town Mont-de-Marsan.
Ivan, who was born in Spain, had previously fought hundreds of bulls throughout his career.
It was in the ambulance where it is believed his heart stopped, and once arriving at hospital, doctors were unsuccessful in their attempts to save him.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media, with a shocked colleague saying:
It’s a tragedy – we just do not know how it could have happened.
Victorino Martin, a rancher tweeted about the death of his friend saying it was ‘a great loss for the world of bullfighting.
Muere nuestro amigo y gran matador de toros @ivanfandino en Francia. Una gran pérdida para el mundo del toro. Estamos consternados. DEP
— Victorino Martin (@victorinotoros) June 17, 2017
Victor Barrio was the last Spanish fighter to be killed due to goring, back in July 2016.
He was the first Spanish matador to die in the arena since 1992.
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The so-called sport is practiced in parts of southern France where it has legal protection – with 1000 bulls a year being killed in this way.
The group ‘Humane Society International’ said in a statement:
The matador’s death is a tragedy but for the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a tragedy in which they have no chance of escaping a protracted and painful death.
Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books, no-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.
A sports enthusiast with a BA (Hons) in Sports Journalism, who can be found predominantly at Villa Park. Having completed a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she then went on to work at Sky Sports, the BBC, and the Mirror. When not engrossed in sport, it’s animals, guitars, and Liam Gallagher which take main focus.