Ivan Fandino, a 36-year-old from Spain, had tumbled to the ground as he got his feet gotten in the material.
The rampaging bull, which measured the greater part a ton, at that point hurled him into the air and pierced him in the trunk.
The married father-of-one’s last words were said to have been, ‘Hurry up, I’m dying!’ after he was carried out of the arena by fellow matadors.
Pictured: Spanish matador Ivan Fandino is carried away after being impaled by a bull
He was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his lung and kidneys on Saturday, but he died on the way after suffering a heart attack.
The five-year-old bull’s name was Provechito, which is Spanish slang for ‘burp’. Fandino won an earlier fight against the bull and cut off its ear. The animal was also seriously injured in the later fight and was killed afterwards.
Fandino’s death comes less than a year after another Spanish matador, Victor Barrio, died in a fight in Spain.
A member of the crowd at the Corrida des Fetes – Bullfighting Festival – in Aire-sur-l’Adour, south France, said at first many spectators did not realise Fandino was in trouble.
‘Ivan was caught by surprise and suffered the consequences,’ the witness said. ‘People were cheering to begin with, thinking everything was under control.
‘Then we realised that Ivan was very badly hurt, and he was rushed away by other matadors, supported by paramedics.’
A colleague said Fandino’s death was a ‘tragedy’. Pictured: The bullfighter in pain after the encounter with the bull
The Humane Society said: ‘No-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.’ Pictured: Fandino performing just before his fatal accident
Matadors carry brightly coloured capes to distract and manoeuvre bulls, which are bred especially for the spectacle.
Fandino’s death reignites the fierce row about bullfighting. Critics describe the activity as barbaric, while supporters insist it is a tradition rooted in history and an art form. Spain’s royal family, politicians and the bullfighting world mourned Fandino’s death yesterday.
The royals paid tribute on their official Twitter feed to a ‘great bullfighting figure’, while Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy lamented the ‘sad news’. But a spokesman for the animal protection group the Humane Society said: ‘For the thousand bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a tragedy in which they have no chance of escaping a protracted and painful death. Blood sports like this should be consigned to the history books. No-one, neither human nor animal, should lose their life for entertainment.’
Ivan Fandino was a famous, award-winning bullfighter. Pictured: The matador in 2012
Pictured: Ivan Fandino in 2013 after performing in the Fiesta de San Fermin, Pamplona
Pictured: Ivan Fandino celebrates a victory after cutting a bull’s ear in 2012
Fandino, who reportedly fought his first bull when he was 14, had been a professional fighter since 2005. He had been injured at least twice before.
In 2015 he was thrown into the air by a bull in Pamplona in Spain – which holds the famous Running of the Bulls event each year – while the year before he was hurt more seriously when he was knocked unconscious in Bayonne, France.
Fandino’s widow Cayetana, with whom he had a baby daughter Mara, was yesterday arranging to have her husband’s body returned to their home in Orduna, in Spain’s autonomous Basque region, for the funeral.