There are a lot of mixed feelings about the Spanish sport of bullfighting; on one end of the spectrum the animal activists have a point in that the animals dont deserve to be tortured for human spectatorship its legitimately cruel.
Then on the other hand you have the issue with the traditionalists who state they cant just let go of such a large part of their heritage and culture, another understandable argument. Regardless of which side youre with, its safe to say that the loss of life during events like these is always a tragic affair. Unfortunately weve now seen the first death in the sport since 1985 when Jose Cubero Sanchez was gored in the heart after becoming a last-minute replacement for another bullfighter.
Twenty-nine-year-old Spanish matador Victor Barrio was a star in Spain; as one of the top bullfighters in the entire country he pulled in quite the crowd to the Teruel, which was packed with fans one being his wife. Images from his training showed he wasnt slacking off in the days leading up to the event and he felt confident in his ability to perform, but you can never set a solid plan when something as unpredictable as a bull becomes a part of it. You just can’t predict it all.
You can see the moment the bulls horn sinks deeper into his chest, ultimately killing him and claiming the first bullfighters life in over three decades. Can you imagine the horror his wife suffered as she watched from the crowd?