BullfightingAward-winning matador Ivan Fandino gored to death by raging bull

Horrified spectators looked on as Fandino tripped and was gored by the bull, which also launched him into the air.

Ivan Fandino, 36, was rushed to hospital but later died from his lung injuries, Spanish news agency EFE reported, citing sources close the Basque matador's entourage.

Fandino had won an earlier fight at the bullfighting festival and cut off the bull's ear.

According to The Daily Mail, one of Fandino's colleagues said that fellow matadors "just do not know how it could have happened".

The bullfighter caught his feet in his cloak while attempting a turn created to distract the specially-bred fighting animal.

The last time a bullfighter was killed while performing was in July 2016 when Spanish matador Victor Barrio, 29, was gored in the chest live on television.

A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France.

It is understood his heart stopped in the ambulance and on his arrival at hospital, doctors could not do anything to save his life.

The royal family paid homage to "a great bullfighting figure" on their official Twitter page while Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy mourned the "sad news".

But it added: "For the 1,000 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".

He was the first Spanish matador to die in the arena since 1992.

Although bullfighting originated in neighbouring Spain, it took root in France a century and a half ago.

The sport is a protected tradition in parts of southern France.

  • Salvatore Jensen