Wrestling star who appeared in 'Nacho Libre' dies in ring

Lucha Legend Silver King Passes Away During Wrestling Match At 51 0By Mike Killam

Lucha Legend Silver King Passes Away During Wrestling Match At 51 0By Mike Killam

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

Lucha Libre World, which promoted The Greatest Show Of Lucha Libre event, said Gonzalez "suffered what we believe was a cardiac arrest while performing in the show and sadly passed away". Stars from the wrestling circuit all over the world are pouring in tributes to the Mexican superstar who has a huge fan following.

WWE ( World Wrestling Entertainment) said in a statement it was "saddened" to learn of his death.

The Round said there had been an "incident" at the show but the venue was unable to comment further.

In 2005, González was cast as the villain opposite Jack Black's character in the film Nacho Libre. Lucha libre is a popular form of wrestling in Mexico that features colorful masks, elaborate costumes and acrobatic techniques.

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He was wrestling against opponent Juventud Guerrera, "Youth Warrior", when he became unresponsive in front of hundreds of fans.

According to PWInsider, King delivered a clothesline to Juventud Guerrera and went down to the mat to make a cover, but did not get back up.

"It felt like it was staged", Roberto Carrera Maldonado told the BBC, "All of us were really shocked; it wasn't clear what was happening".

Barron was the son of another Lucha wrestler Dr Wagner, and his brother Dr Wagner Junior also competed as a wrestler. At the time of his death, he was competing for a promotion called Lucha Libre World in Camden, London.

King has wrestled on a professional level since 1990, which included being part of the WCW from 1997-2000.

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