Spain’s royal family paid tribute to the renowned bullfighter Iván Fandiño, who was gored to death Saturday during a fight in France.
Fandiño, 36, of Orduña in the Basque region of Bilbao, stumbled over his cape and was left defenseless during a fight at the Aire-sur-l’Adour festival in southwest France.
The bull gored Fandiño in the chest, puncturing a lung, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported. He died after having suffered at least two heart attacks in the ambulance that rushed him to a hospital, it said.
The death of Fandiño, a toreador renowned for his willingness to confront bulls deemed too dangerous by other bullfighters, was front-page news across Spain on Sunday.
The famed bullfighter Enrique Ponce called Fandiño a torerazor, or “super matador,” AFP reported, while King Felipe VI and the Spanish royal family called him a “great figure in bullfighting” in a tribute on Twitter.