Jole Fanucci

Award-winning matador Iván Fandiño dies after bull gores his chest

The bullfighter Iván Fandiño has become the second Spanish matador to be killed in less than a year after he was gored in a ring in France.

Spaniard Iván Fandiño, who was a professional bullfighter for 12 years, died in hospital after his heart, lungs and kidneys were punctured yesterday.

Fandino had fought hundreds of bulls during his bullfighting career.

He was previously injured in a bullfight in 2013, but managed to recover and continue his  award-winning career.

“Hurry up, I’m dying,” are reported to have been the 36-year-old bullfighter’s last words in the ambulance.

His wounds were so serious that his heart stopped in the ambulance and on his arrival to hospital doctors could not save him.

He is the first Spanish matador to die in the arena since 1992. 

Spanish matador Ivan Fandino is carried away after being impaled by a bull Spanish matador Ivan Fandino is carried away after being impaled by a bull

One colleague said:

"It’s a tragedy. We just do not know how it could have happened.

Tributes are flooding in on the social network sites, with rancher Victorino Martin tweeting: “Our friend and great bullfighter Ivan Fandino dies in France.

A great loss for the world of bullfighting. We are dismayed.”

Human Society International said in a statement:

"The matador’s death is a tragedy but the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in Frech 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."

The two other matadors due to take the ring later in the afternoon, Juan del Alamo and Thomas Dufau, ended up postponing their fights.