Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino gored to death by bull in France

Fandino tripped on his cape in the ring, eventually costing his own life. (FILE PHOTO)
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Fandino tripped on his cape in the ring, eventually costing his own life. (FILE PHOTO)

A Spanish bullfighter died on Saturday after he tripped in the ring and was gored in the chest by the bull in southwestern France.

Ivan Fandino, 36, was rushed to hospital, but later died from his injuries, Spanish news agency EFE reported, citing sources close to the Basque matador's entourage.

Fandino stumbled after tripping on a cape used in a turn to engage and distract the specially-bred fighting bull, and the animal then pierced the matador's side with one of his horns, EFE said.

The Spanish matador later died from his injuries. (FILE PHOTO)
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The Spanish matador later died from his injuries. (FILE PHOTO)

He is the second Spanish bullfighter to die in the ring in the past year. Victor Barrio was killed after being gored by a bull in front of spectators last July, the first time since the early 1990s that a professional matador had died in the ring in Spain.

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* Bullfighter Victor Barrio dies after being gored by bull
* Bull that gored matador Victor Barrio to be slaughtered
 

Every year several people die in Spanish summer festivals involving bulls running through towns or being chased in the countryside - events which often attract tourists.

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