Luchador Principe Aereo passed away yesterday after collapsing during a match. He was 23-years-old.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported Aereo passed away following an apparent heart attack in the ring while performing at a Mexa Wrestling show. He took two chops to the chest and his opponent missed a heel kick before Principe collapsed to the mat. The match was immediately stopped and he was placed on a backboard before being rushed to the hospital across the street. Aereo sadly passed away before he reached the hospital.
Commenting on the incident, Dr. George Marra told F4W Online: "I've seen in the hospital a few times, teenagers coming into the ER in cardiac arrest after getting hit in the chest with either a lacrosse ball or hockey puck. Usually, it happens when the heart is in between beats and it ends up going into ventricular fibrillation, And they essentially face plant to the ground, which would need a portable defibrillator, which these cases I've seen, had in the past, and the kids survived. My educated guess would be that the chop was in between beats and the rhythm was thrown off and he went into V-fib. And they just go down instantly when it happens. I went to medical school in Mexico, I've spent 5 years of my life there and I know how it is there, and it doesn't surprise me after living there, that they wouldn't have a portable defibrillator on hand. Just wanted to pass that along."
Aereo started wrestling back in 2010 and primarily performed in smaller promotions like IWRG and Mexa Wrestling, but he did have some matches in AAA in 2019 and 2020.
Cultaholic extends its condolences to Principe Aereo's family and friends.