A former WCW wrestling star Cesar Gonzalez Barron popularly known as Silver King died in front hundreds of fans after collapsing during a match in London on Saturday night, May 11.
The Mexican celebrated wrestler Silver King, was fighting against Warrior Youth in The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, when he died. Lucha libre, or freestyle wrestling, is the term used in Mexico for professional wrestling.
They have popularized it by wearing colourful masks and elaborate costumes while facing each other in choreographed battles.
The crowd and other wrestlers believed it was part of the show until people raced into the ring to his aid after he collapsed.
“They were wrestling and then something just seemed to go wrong,” The Sun quoted witness.
“As they were wrestling it stopped and they seemed like they weren’t in sync at all, and the other wrestler started performing CPR,” the witness said.
“It was scary, they evacuated everyone but there didn’t seem to be an ambulance arrive for at least 20 minutes.”
The Round said there had been an “incident” at the show but the venue was unable to comment further.
Shortly after, the official Lucha Libre Twitter account posted a picture of the wrestler captioned “Rest in Peace.”
“Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide joins the grief that the Luchistica family has for the death of Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron ‘SILVER KING’.”
WWE official website also posted message on its website about the demise of the wrestler.
WWE is saddened to learn that Lucha Libre legend and former WCW star Silver King has passed away at age 51. A champion luchador in his native Mexico, Silver King, real name César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, entertained audiences across the globe, and was a standout in WCW’s Cruiserweight division in the late ’90s. Outside the ring, he appeared under a mask as the villainous Ramses in the popular 2006 comedy “Nacho Libre. WWE extends its deepest condolences to Silver King’s family, friends and fans,” WWE statement said.