Professional wrestler and former WCW star Silver King tragically lost his life on Saturday after collapsing in the ring during a fight in London.
The entire thing was captured on camera as Kingwas seen struggling to get his own feet before ultimately collapsing on the mat.
“Last night Silver King sadly lost his life during an event at the Roundhouse. At this stage the details are still being investigated so we don’t have more information we can share,” Roundhouse wrote. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and all of the Lucha Libre team.”
Witnesses stated that the 51-year-old wrestler’s, whose real name is César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, co-performers did not initially realize there was a problem after he collapsed to the floor after a kick to the side of his body.
“It seemed to be part of the show at first, but then he didn’t get up – and then the medical team was on the stage,” a member of the audience told the newspaper. “Everybody was cleared out and lots of police and ambulances were there.”
Paramedics were said to have arrived five minutes after being called at 10:21 p.m., but the wrestler was pronounced dead at the scene.
“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,” WWE said. “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,” the group added.
Silver King joined WCW back in 1997 and would regularly appear on WCW Monday Nitro before he got released by them in late 2000.