There is some unfortunate news to report. Lucha libre veteran Silver King has died at the age of 51. Silver King was competing against Juventud Guerrera at a show in London on May 11, 2019. Silver King suffered health complications during the match from which he did not recover. It is being reported as a heart attack.
There is video of the incident, which we’ll refrain from posting for the sake of decorum. Silver King hit Juvi with a jumping clothesline. Juvi kicked out and Silver King kind of faded to the ground. Silver King rested on his forearms, while Juvi worked the crowd a little. Juvi tried to continue, but Silver King had trouble getting off his knees. Juvi gave a kick to the shoulder and that is when Silver King visibly stopped moving. Juvi rolled Silver King over for the three count to end the match early.
There will be a lot of questions about safety and communication. What did Silver King say to Juventud Guerrera when they were speaking? Did Silver King himself even know what was happening to his body? Why did it take over five minutes before any medical staff attended to Silver King?
Silver King (César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón) wrestled worldwide. His accomplishments include:
- AAA World Tag Team Championship
- CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
- CMLL World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- CMLL World Trios Championship
- All Japan Pro Wrestling World Junior Heavyweight Championship
- At least seven other championships in various promotions
- Ranked 68 (with El Texano) as best tag team in 2003 by PWI
- Ranked 46 in 2001 in the PWI 500
- Starring as Ramses in the film Nacho Libre.
Descanse en paz, Silver King.
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide se une a la pena que embarga la familia luchística por el fallecimiento de César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón "SILVER KING".— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) May 11, 2019
Descanse en paz. pic.twitter.com/RhAWTFg5Cw
Cageside Seats’ thoughts and prayers are with the family (including his brother, AAA’s Dr. Wagner Jr.) & friends of Silver King following his tragic death.