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Top Bullfighter Barrio Gored To Death By Bull

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One of Spain's top bullfighters has died after being gored to death by a bull at a festival in the east of the country.

Victor Barrio, 29, had tried to attract the bull with a "muletazo" manoeuvre but it caught him off guard, sending him to the ground with a painful somersault.

The bull, named Lorenzo, then gored him in the chest.

Hundreds of people had been watching Mr Barrio perform at a tournament in the town of Teruel in Aragon when the bull attacked.

The bullfighter was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to save his life.

Mr Barrio's death - the first matador fatality in Spain this century - was also shown live on TV.

In a final tweet five days ago Mr Barrio posted a picture of himself training, writing: "With the mind set on Teruel".

According to El Pais, Mr Barrio decided on a career in bullfighting at the age of 20, having previously combined his studies with working on a golf course.

He reportedly said: "I had always felt a great admiration for bullfighters and the party but I was ashamed to say I wanted to be a bullfighter and a hero, as I saw them."

Tributes were paid to Mr Barrio by many, including Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy, who sent his condolences to the bullfighter's family and friends, adding: "rest in peace".

The festival was suspended following Mr Barrio's death.

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