Mexican wrestler Cesar Gonzalez, who fought as the masked Silver King, passed away after collapsing during a wrestling show in London last Saturday, May 10. Gonzalez was best known for playing the villain Ramses in the sports comedy film Nacho Libre (2006) opposite Jack Black.
At the Roundhouse in London, the 51-year-old Silver King was reprising his role as Ramses in “The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre.” Footage showed the wrestler being pinned down by opponent Juventud Guerrera, who then celebrated his victory before others came to Silver King’s aid when he remained flat on his back on the canvas.
“Last night Silver King sadly lost his life during an event at the Roundhouse,” said the venue, “At this stage the details are still being investigated so we don’t have more information we can share. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and all of the Lucha Libre team.”
Lucha Libre wrestling sees competitors like Silver King, a former World Championship Wrestling (WCW) luchador, wear elaborate costumes and colourful masks. Ex-WCW president Eric Bischoff said, “I am saddened to hear about the passing of Silver King. Like so many of the great Luchadores that helped Americans appreciate… he will be missed. Thank you and RIP.”
Relive the iconic match between Silver King’s Ramses and Jack Black’s Nacho from Nacho Libre:
Story from AFP.