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WCW and Lucha Libre Wrestler Dies in Ring During Fight

Silver King

Professional wrestler and former WCW star Silver King died Saturday after collapsing in the ring during a fight in London, officials said.

The 51-year-old wrestler, whose real name is César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, was performing in the Lucha Libre show at the Roundhouse when he died, organizers said on Twitter.

“Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide joins the grief that the Luchistica family has for the death of César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón ‘Silver King’,” Lucha Libre wrote on Twitter.
Barrón was reprising the villainous role of Ramses for the event, which he previously played in the 2005 Hollywood comedy “Nacho Libre” alongside Jack Black. He is believed to have died from a heart attack, according to industry reports.
The London Ambulance Service reported that two ambulances, an advanced paramedic and an incident response officer were dispatched to the venue after being called at 10.21pm. They stated that Barrón died at the scene, however.
The Roundhouse confirmed that the incident had taken place and said the circumstances surrounding Barrón’s death were being investigated.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and all the Lucha Libre team,” the venue said in a statement according to the UK’s Press Association.
London’s Metropolitan Police stated that they are treating Barrón’s death as “non-suspicious.”
WWE, the US professional wrestling organization, said in a statement that it was “saddened” by the news of Barrón’s death. “WWE extends its deepest condolences to Silver King’s family, friends and fans.”
Jack Black posted an image to Instagram taking during filming for the 2006 movie, writing “Vaya con dios, hermano [go with god, brother]”.
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César González…vaya con dios, hermano ?

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Barrón grew up in the Mexican wrestling family; his father, Dr Wagner, was a famous Luchador in the 1960s until a car accident halted his wrestling career. His brother also competed as a wrestler under the name, Dr. Wagner Junior.

Silver King joined World Championship Wrestling in 1997 and regularly appeared on its showpiece TV program WCW Monday Nitro. His highest profile match was an unsuccessful challenge for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship against Guerrera at Fall Brawl 1998, according to Sky News.

He was released by the WCW in late 2000.