Mexican wrestler collapses with fatal brain condition during bout

Mexican wrestler collapses with fatal brain condition during bout – only for fellow fighter to enter the ring and launch a DROP-KICK, thinking it’s part of the act

  • Luis Angel Salazar, 26, was at San Juan Pantitlan Arena, Mexico City, on Saturday
  • He went down after receiving two slaps to the chest by his opponent Redimido
  • The wrestler is believed to have died after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm

This is the horrifying moment a Mexican wrestler collapsed with a fatal brain condition in the ring – only for a fellow fighter to launch a drop-kick after believing it was part of the act.

Luis Angel Salazar, who fought as Principe Aereo, had been at the San Juan Pantitlan Arena on the outskirts of Mexico City on Saturday.

He went down after receiving two slaps to the chest as his opponent Redimido ran towards him to deliver another blow.

The 26-year-old’s rival, along with a referee, immediately realized he was not play-acting and could be seen desperately ushering for medical assistance as they tended to him on the canvas.

But a third wrestler was fooled into thinking it was part of the dead man’s performance and jumped into the ring to kick the fighter trying to help Principe Aereo before he realized the tragedy that was unfolding. 

Luis Angel Salazar, who fought as Principe Aereo, had been at the San Juan Pantitlan Arena on the outskirts of Mexico City on Saturday where he hit the canvas after receiving two slaps to the chest by his opponent Redimido

Initial reports suggested that Salazar, whose mother and girlfriend were in the crowd, had suffered a heart attack.

But today a specialist wrestling website, maslucha.com, said he had died in a hospital opposite the arena after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. 

Presenter Ricardo Rodriguez has since shared his condolences as he wrote: ‘We always risk our lives when we go in the ring. We throw a coin into the air.

‘Sadly a young man has lost his life. I didn’t know him personally but I know he was very well thought of. Rest in peace Principe Aereo.’

Fans also took to social media as one said: ‘God give you eternal rest.’

Another added: ‘I pray God receives you with all his love. Rest in peace.’

Luis Angel Salazar, who fought as Principe Aereo, (pictured previously) used the money he made by wrestling to pay for his accountancy studies

The 26-year-old’s rival, along with a referee, immediately realized he was not play-acting and could be seen desperately ushering for medical assistance

But a third wrestler was fooled into thinking it was part of the dead man’s performance and jumped into the ring to kick the fighter trying to help Principe Aereo before he realized the tragedy that was unfolding 

The wrestler, an accountancy student who paid for his studies with the money he made from wrestling, posted a heart-wrenching video of his grandmother cooking at home for him shortly before the tragedy and said: ‘I love you nan.’

He shared a poster advertising the event where he lost his life on his social media a day before dying.

Friends have described him as a ‘clean-living’ person who didn’t have any vices.

In his last interview he spoke of his love of wrestling, saying: ‘It’s brought me experiences I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.

‘I was born in a working-class neighbourhood and recently I travelled by plane for the first time.

‘It had been a dream of mine since I was a child and I’d seen planes in the sky and this year it came true.

‘Other things it’s brought me has been to get to know places in my home country I’d never otherwise have visited, and friendships with colleagues who are passionate about the same thing as me.’

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