Bullfighter Paquirri Dies in Arena – 1984

Bullfighter Paquirri Dies in Arena – 1984

Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera Pérez, better known by his nickname Paquirri, died on this in 1984. He met his death at the horns of a bull named Avispado (Sp. cunning, clever). The entire incident was caught on camera.

The fatal fight took place in an arena in the town of Pozoblanco, at the far south of Spain, in picturesque Andalusia. Paquirri was 36 years old and an experienced bullfighter. Still, Avispado managed to catch Paquirri with its right horn, after which it lifted the unlucky man into the air and gored him several times with its horns. Paquirri then fell to the ground, seriously wounded. His assistants soon arrived to help him, but despite their efforts he died on the way to the hospital.

Paquirri’s two sons, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez and Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez, have also taken up the career of bullfighter. Francisco, the older among them, was the husband of well-known noblewoman Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, the Duchess of Montor and daughter of the fabulously wealthy Duchess of Alba.

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