Silver King, Mexican Wrestler, Dies in Ring During Lucha Libre Match

Silver King, Mexican Wrestler, Dies in Ring During Lucha Libre Match

LONDON — A Mexican wrestler and actor who appeared in the movie “Nacho Libre” died in the ring during a bout in London on Saturday, according to the venue where the event was held.

The wrestler, César González Barrón, known as Silver King, was facing off against an opponent known as Juventud Guerrera, or Youth Warrior, when he became unresponsive at the Roundhouse, a performing arts and concert venue in Camden.

In footage shared online, Mr. Guerrera appeared to kick Mr. González Barrón during the match and tried to pin him down for the victory. The footage also showed the referee and others trying in vain to revive Mr. González Barrón.

According to the Mexican news outlet Record and other reports, Mr. González Barrón appeared to have died of a heart attack, but officials have not yet released an official cause of death.

Medics from the London Ambulance Service arrived five minutes after being called at 10:21 p.m., according to news reports, but Mr. González Barrón was pronounced dead at the scene. The Metroplitan Police said it was not involved in investigating the death.

Roundhouse confirmed the death in a post on Twitter, saying, “At this stage the details are still being investigated so we don’t have more information we can share. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and all of the Lucha Libre team.”

Mr. González Barrón, 51, appeared as the bad guy, Ramses, in the 2006 movie “Nacho Libre,” a comedy in which the actor Jack Black plays a priest in training who becomes a wrestler. Mr. González Barrón was a star in Mexican wrestling, known as lucha libre, in which combatants wear elaborate masks and take on outlandish personas.

At the event in London, called the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre, Mr. González Barrón had reprised his role as the evil Ramses.

He was the son of a famous wrestler known as Dr. Wagner, and he had been wrestling professionally since 1985, according to his profile on the film website IMDB. During his career, he was a CMLL World Heavyweight champion, an AAA World Tag Team champion and had won many other championships.

Mr. González Barrón, who grew up in Mexico City, according to the BBC, was a star of lucha libre, in which wrestlers body slam and flip one another in epic, choreographed battles for screaming fans in arenas around the world.

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