Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pro-Wrestler and 'Nacho Libre' Star Silver King Passes Away, Aged 51

Nacho Libre star and pro wrestler Silver King has died after collapsing during a bout at London’s Roundhouse in Camden. He was 51.

Silver King (real name Cesar Barron), who was a star in his native Mexico and also appeared as the villain Ramses in Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies 2005 movie Nacho Libre alongside actor Jack Black, was performing at the Roundhouse in Camden in London, UK when he reportedly fell to the canvas. Some reports suggest he may have suffered a heart attack.

The wrestler was in the middle of a match at the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre event on Saturday (May 11) when the tragedy struck. Footage online shows the referee and several other men rushing to his aid after he collapsed.

The 51-year-old grew up in a Mexican wrestling family, his father was a popular Lucha Libre fighter. Aside from his role in Nacho Libre, Silver King would go on to find worldwide success, appearing in the USA’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1997 to 2000.

Tributes have begun to pour in, with Jack Black sharing a photograph of the wrestler on the set of Nacho Libre, accompanied with the caption: “César González…vaya con dios, hermano,” which translated reads: “Go with God, brother.”

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El Hijo del Santo, aka Jorge Rodriguez, tweeting in his native tongue, said he felt “deep regret” at the death of his “partner in so many battles.”

The WWE tweeted that they were “saddened to learn that Lucha Libre legend and former WCW star Silver King has passed away at age 51.”

Read more tributes below:

In Nacho Libre, Ramses was considered to the be greatest wrestler in town, and he went head to head with Black’s character whose wrestler name was Nacho. While Ramses didn’t really speak for much of the film, the movie had great ways of writing jokes around the character. It also kind of helps that Ramses was being played by a real-life luchador, which added to his mystique in the film.

R.I.P. Silver King, 9 January 1968 – 11 May 2019.

Originally published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 9:13pm BST.

Source: NME; H/T: GeekFeed; Additional source: Wikipedia.

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