César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, known the world over as Silver King, among several other identities, passed away during a match in London, England on Saturday.
The 51-year-old was working with Juventud Guerrera during a match for Lucha Libre World at The Roundhouse in London. After hitting Guerrera with a flying clothesline, Silver King went for the cover, which Guerrera kicked out of. Immediately after, Silver King became very still. After stalling for a bit, Guerrera scored a sudden pinfall, with Silver King clearly unresponsive.
The rest of the show was then cancelled.
A source from The Lucha Blog confirmed later that Silver King did indeed pass away.
The son of Dr. Wagner began his career in 1985, and competed for numerous promotions throughout Mexico, including AAA, UWA, and CMLL. Teaming with El Texano as Los Cowboys, Silver King won multiple Tag Team titles across various promotions.
American fans may best remember Silver King from his time with WCW in the late 1990s, as part of the cruiserweight division. There, he and Guerrera wrestled for the Cruiserweight title at Fall Brawl 1998.
Additionally, Silver King wrestled for New Japan as Black Tiger III in the 2000s. He also appeared as Ramses in the Jack Black film Nacho Libre.
All of us at Cultaholic wish Silver King’s family and friends our deepest sympathies.