A professional bull rider died Sunday in Fresno, California, from injuries suffered when he was stomped on by a bull.
Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, was competing at the Professional Bull Riders' Velocity Tour event at the Save Mart Center and pronounced dead after being transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, according to PBR spokesperson Andrew Giangola.
The accident took place during Round 2 of the event after the Brazilian rider lost his seat on "Classic Man" 5.31 seconds into the ride and suffered chest injuries, according to Giangola. A rider needs to stay on the bull for eight seconds to qualify for a score.
Cody Lambert, livestock director for the PBR, said he saw the crash.
“When he came off, his spur got tangled up and it turned him upside down right under the bull’s back leg,’’ Lambert told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just a really freak, tragic accident.’’
Giangola said there are no indications that the bull did anything out of the ordinary in his bucking motion.
“This was not an act of aggression,’’ Giangola said by email. “The bull was bucking in his normal pattern. Amadeu’s spur got hung up in the flank rope, and he was pulled under the bull in a freak accident.’’
Campos Silva lived in Sunset, Texas, with his parents, who came with him from Brazil when he joined the PBR's U.S. tour after riding on PBR Brazil in 2017 and 2018. At the end of the 2020, he competed in the 2020 PBR World Finals. The Velocity Tour is a step below the PBR's top tour, the Unleash the Beast Series.
“Amadeu battled hard and was a rising star in our sport,’’ the PBR said in a statement. “Our heart breaks for his family and friends.
“The entire PBR and western sports family extend our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Amadeu’s family and friends.”
In January 2019, rider Mason Lowe died during a crash while getting stomped on the chest by a bull while competing at a PBR event in Denver.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: PBR: Professional Bull Rider Amadeu Campos Silva dies from injuries