It is a sad day for wrestling fans around the world as a true legend in the world of Lucha Libre and professional wrestling is no longer with us. César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, who is best known by his ring name of Silver King, passed away on Saturday at the age of 51. He was in the middle of a match with Juventud Guerrera in London when he suffered a serious medical issue and later died.
According to Mirror, Silver King was in a match at the Roundhouse venue in east London when the tragic situation happened. His exact cause of death is not yet known, but it was a scary situation for all of those in attendance.
The event taking place was called The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre, and it was being put on by the promotion called Lucha Libre World. King delivered a flying clothesline to Juventud Guerrera and went for a cover and pinfall. Guerrera kicked out and this is where things began to get a little strange.
From this point on, Silver King appeared to be struggling to move around and he was then kicked by Juventud who went for the cover, but King was on his stomach. King was unresponsive and was rolled over by Juventud as the referee counted slowly to three as that was obviously not the scheduled ending of the match, but it ended up being the finish.
Medics and trainers jumped in and CPR was administered in the ring. From that moment on, the rest of the card for the event was cancelled.
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— luchablog (@luchablog) May 11, 2019
Awful news regarding the passing of Silver King. He died earlier tonight and still awaiting further details. @luchablog confirms he died after suffering a health issue during a match earlier today.
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) May 11, 2019
Silver King has long been a legend in the Mexican wrestling world and Lucha Libre promotions all over the place. Fans may remember him best from his time in WCW upon joining the promotion in 1997 and staying with them until late 2000.
During his time with WCW, Silver King was usually involved in six-man matches or in the cruiserweight division. He also joined the Latino World Order once created by Eddie Guerrero, but never really jumped out of the mid-card division.
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) May 11, 2019
Different wrestling personalities began posting tributes as soon as the news of Silver King’s death started making the social media rounds.
Terrible news of Silver King passing away in the ring tonight
He was a star in Mexico, Japan & WCW
He was Ramses in movie Nacho Libre
Pray for strength for his family pic.twitter.com/FYVk4i59qo
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) May 11, 2019
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Silver King. Like so many of the great Luchadores that helped Americans appreciate Lucha Libre and make Nitro the success it was, he will be missed. Thank you and RIP.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) May 12, 2019
It was an honor to have been friends & shared the ring with the great Silver King. He & Tejano were an amazing team. He truly was one of the greats & I'm heartbroken to learn of his passing. ???? #RIPSilverKing pic.twitter.com/WhM1zM9jfp
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) May 12, 2019
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) May 12, 2019
The news of Silver King’s passing hits me hard. I was lucky to be able to tour & work New Japan with him. Such a great person. Rest In Peace, good sir.#RIPSilverKing
— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) May 11, 2019
— Brandon Stroud (@MrBrandonStroud) May 12, 2019
Silver King had wrestled around the entire world, but he had taken on a lighter schedule in recent years due to his age and wanting to be more of a promoter. At different times, he was actually a part of WCW, AAA, UWA, All Japan Pro Wrestling, CMLL, and numerous other promotions. The world has truly lost a wrestling legend and it is hard to believe that César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón is gone at the young age of 51.