Spanish matador dies after being gored during bullfight

Ivan Fandino performs during bullfights at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid Spain

The last Spanish bullfighter who died due to a goring was Victor Barrio, who was killed at the age of 29 after being savaged in the bullring in Teruel on July 9, 2016.

"We just do not know how it could have happened".

Tributes are flooding in on the social network sites, with rancher Victorino Martin tweeting: 'Our friend and great bullfighter Ivan Fandino dies in France.

Fandino, who had won an earlier fight and cut off the bull's ear, was photographed being carried away from the scene by colleagues with blood seeping through his embroidered traditional costume.

The bull was pictured goring Fandino's right side and throwing him in the air.

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The Spaniard, from the Basque region, leaves behind a wife and daughter, the Daily Mail reports.

Nearly exactly a year ago, on July 9, 2016, another Spanish star bullfighter, Victor Barrio, was killed in front of thousands of spectators in Teruel.

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The royals paid homage on their official Twitter feed to "a great bullfighting figure" while Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lamented the "sad news", as did his culture minister.

Fandino was an award-winning bullfighter.

The famous matador, husband and father has fought hundreds of bulls during his professional 12-year career.

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

Fandino had been invited to take part in the 18th elebration of the San Isidro Fair.

Animal welfare group The Humane Society said: 'Bloodsports like this should be consigned to history books, no one, human nor animal, should lose their life for entertainment'.

Nevertheless, the sport is a protected tradition in parts of southern France.

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