22-Year-Old ‘Rising Star' Bull Rider Killed in Accident During California Event

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A 22-year-old bull rider was killed aft a bull stepped connected his thorax during an lawsuit successful California connected Sunday.

Brazilian bull rider Amadeu Campos Silva was thrown from the bull, named "Classic Man," 5.3 seconds into a thrust astatine a Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour lawsuit successful Fresno, according to a PBR statement.

Silva's spur was caught up successful his enactment arsenic helium was thrown, putting him successful a presumption for Classic Man to measurement connected his chest.

Silva was taken to a adjacent hospital, but aboriginal died.

The PBR's spokesperson said the bull wasn't doing thing retired of mean behavior.

“This was not an enactment of aggression,” Andrew Giangola told USA Today. “The bull was bucking successful his mean pattern. Amadeu’s spur got hung up successful the flank enactment and helium was pulled nether the bull successful a freak accident.”

"Our bosom breaks for Amadeu’s household and friends," PBR's main enforcement Sean Gleason said successful a statement. "At 22, helium was a bull rider with a batch of promise, coming to the U.S. aft competing successful PBR Brazil successful 2017 and 2018 to prosecute his imagination of a World Championship.

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"Amadeu was a rising prima successful our sport; a cowboy with truthful overmuch imaginable connected and disconnected the dirt. The full PBR and occidental sports household widen our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Amadeu’s household and friends."

Originally from Brazil, Silva began bull riding astatine 16 years old. His begetter was besides a erstwhile bull rider.

He came to the United States successful 2019 aft winning the 2018 Liga Nacional de Rodeio successful Brazil gave him the accidental to vie successful the American Rodeo semi-finals successful Fort Worth, Texas.

PBR elaborate his travel and the outpouring of interest for his household successful a lengthy station connected its website Monday.

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