Published On: Tue, May 20th, 2014

“Forcado” dies during a Bullfight in Campeche

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Eduardo del Villar, a “Forcado” from the state of Hidalgo, died Sunday at age 26 after suffering a severe injury to the iliac artery of the right leg while participating in the bullfight held in the town of Seybaplaya , Campeche.

Member of the Group of Forcados from the state of Hidalgo, Eduardo del Villar suffered the unfortunate mishap during the second round, against a bull from the ranch of Rancho Seco.

A “forcado”  is a member of the team that performs the “pega de cara or pega de caras” (“face catch”), the final event in a typical Portuguese bullfight. Forcados were usually people from lower classes who, to this day, practice their art through amateur associations.

The “pega de cara” involves eight forcados who challenge the bull with their bare hands. They form a line facing the bull and the caras (front man) eggs the bull on by “playing” with it and taking steps forward if necessary to get it to charge. Once the bull runs forward the first forcado times his jump onto the bull’s head (right between the horns). Once on the bull’s head and holding onto it, usually around its neck, six forcados jump upon the bull in the same fashion as the first forcado, piling upon themselves and grabbing the bull while one forcado grabs the bull by its tail. The objective is to subdue the bull.

Del Villar, who was invited to this celebration as part of a group of “forcados” , first suffered an injury to his left eyebrow, and in the second attempt, he was wounded in one of the most important arteries of the human body , the femoral , which is a continuation of the external iliac artery.

Eduardo Del Villar

Eduardo Del Villar

Bruno Vogt , a member of the Group of Forcados from the state of Hidalgo, reported that Eduardo del Villar suffered a severe injury in the groin area, so he was taken to a hospital in the city of Campeche , where he arrived still alive, but passed away minutes later due to loss of blood.

Del Villar lost a lot of blood in the bullring, where he remained for too long after the incident, and then he lost more blood during the journey to the hospital, so he died shortly upon arrival.

Originally from Tulancingo, Hidalgo,  Eduardo del Villar’s body was transferred to his hometown , where his remains will be cremated.


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  1. Mark says:

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.
    I wonder if the bull gets to retire with a victory parade in its honor now.
    Either way, “Bulls win!”

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