The final words of matador Ivan Fandiño as he was rushed to hospital after being gored in the ring were reportedly: “Hurry up, I’m dying.”
The 36-year-old veteran was impaled by a half-tonne bull after tripping on his cape during a corrida in south-west France on Saturday.
Juan del Alamo, the matador who later killed the bull, said: “I can’t believe it. None of us understand how it could have happened; it was all so fast. The bull knocked him down with its hindquarters and he fell face down.”
Mr Fandiño, a matador for 12 years, was originally from the Basque country. He died after the bull’s horn pierced a number of vital organs in his torso, including his lungs.
French media said he suffered a heart attack on the way to hospital.
He had been injured in the ring twice before, most recently in 2015 and is believed to be the first bullfighter to die in the ring in…