Nacho Libre’ wrestler Silver King dies after collapsing in the ring
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on May 14, 2019
A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the comedy “Nacho Libre” has died of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on stage in London.
Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, the lucha libre star known as Silver King, performed Saturday night at The Roundhouse. The north London venue said Sunday on Twitter that he died during the event and more information about the circumstances are being pursued.
The 51-year-old Gonzalez appeared as a champion wrestler and comic villain in the 2006 movie “Nacho Libre,” which starred Jack Black as a monk who wants to be a masked luchador. Lucha libre is a popular form of wrestling in Mexico that features colorful masks, elaborate costumes and acrobatic techniques.
Lucha Libre World, which promoted the Roundhouse event, said in a statement the star “suffered what we believe was a cardiac arrest while performing in the show and sadly passed away.”