Professional Bull Rider Who Died at Fresno Event was ‘Rising Star’
A Professional Bull Riders athlete died during competition at the Save Mart Center Sunday, PBR officials say.
Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, died during a bull riding event in a “terrible wreck,” the PBR said. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where he was pronounced dead.
“The entire PBR and western sports family extend our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Amadeu’s family and friends. Please say a prayer tonight for them, and may Amadeu’s soul eternally rest in peace,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason said in a statement.
Earlier today, young Brazilian bull rider Amadeu Campos Silva was involved in a terrible wreck at the Velocity Tour event in Fresno. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA., where he passed away. Our heart breaks for Amadeu’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/6CnjzcKE0U
— Sean Gleason (@pbrceo) August 30, 2021
Rider Had Spur Caught in Rope
The PBR said Silva’s injuries came when he fell off his bull.
“After losing his balance on the bull, Amadeu’s spur got caught in the flank rope. He was caught under the bull, who stepped on his chest,” PBR spokesman Andrew Giangola said.
Giangola said this is only the third death in the PBR in the last 28 years. The league will investigate, he said.
According to an account from USA Today, Silva lost his seat during a ride on the bull “Little Okie.”
Silva was a four-year veteran of professional bull riding, competing in his native Brazil in 2017 before moving the the US. tour in 2019.
He was runner up in the 2019 Brazilian Finals, and considered an up-and-comer on the PBR tour.
“Amadeu battled hard and was a rising star in our sport,” Giangola said.
The PBR will continue its tour with events in Dickinson, North Dakota and Archdale, North Carolina on Sept. 3-4. An event aboard the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas takes place Sept. 4, and will be broadcast the following day on CBS.