Mexican professional wrestler Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, suffered a mortal injury in the middle of a match Friday evening, his body left hanging on the ropes while the match continued around him.
The scripted four-man Tijuana, Mexico, match featured former WWE star Rey Mysterio, who now wrestles in Mexico under the name Oscar Gutierrez.
It was a flying kick from Gutierrez that resulted in Aguayo’s fatal injury, reports ESPN.
Aguayo fell unconscious on the ropes and remained there for almost two minutes while the match continued. Other participants and the referee finally realized Aguayo was seriously injured and helped him.
An edited video of the match, embedded below, shows the fatal blow Aguayo received. Be aware, however, the content is graphic in nature.
Aguayo was taken to a hospital one block away and died around 1:30 a.m., state prosecutor's office spokesperson Raul Gutierrez said.
"I have no words for this terrible news," Joaquin Roldan, director of the AAA wrestling federation, posted on Twitter. "My sincerest condolences for the Aguayo Ramirez family."
The cause of death, based on an autopsy, was trauma to the neck and a cervical fracture.
A manslaughter investigation has been opened, reports New York Daily News.
Tijuana Boxing and Wrestling Commission President Juan Carlos Pelayo believes medical attention was provided to Aguayo quickly.
"The reaction for medical attention was quick, in my opinion," Pelayo said Saturday.
Aguayo, 35, the son of retired Mexican wrestling legend Pedro “Perro” Aguayo, had wrestled for 20 years. He won numerous titles during his wrestling career, including national pairs with his father, a national heavyweight championship, and the Consejo Mundial Lucha Libre world trios championship.
"It makes me very sad because he was a professional colleague and I have great affection for his father," wrestler Hijo del Santo said. "I think the fans in Japan, the U.S. and Mexico, of course, where he was very popular, must be in mourning, especially because of his youth. He had much ahead of him."
Warning: Some may find this footage disturbing.