The animal stepped on the chest of a 22-year-old cowboy.
A 22-year-old cowboy from Brazil, who was considered a “rising star” of rodeo, died when a bull stepped on his chest at a competition in California, organizers said.
Amadeu Campus Silva died due to an incident at the Velocity Tour competition in Fresno on Sunday, said the head of the Professional Bull Riders organization, Sean Gleason.
A message posted on the organization’s website says that Campus Silva saddled a Classic Ming bull, after which he was thrown, and his spur became entangled in the rope. The bull stepped on his chest.
A representative of the organization, Andrew Giangola, told the Associated Press that the bull is not to blame and will be allowed to participate in future competitions.
“Obviously, this was not an act of aggression,” he said. “The bull was kicking in his usual manner.”