A Mexican wrestler died early Saturday from a blow suffered in the ring, the Baja California state prosecutor’s office said.
Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, fell unconscious on the ropes, apparently after receiving a flying kick from fellow wrestler and former WWE star Oscar Gutierrez, known as Rey Mysterio Jr., according to video of the match in a municipal auditorium in Tijuana.
The match continued for almost two minutes before other participants and the referee realized Aguayo was seriously injured and tended to him. He was taken to a hospital a block away and died about 1:30 a.m. local time, prosecutor’s spokesman Raul Gutierrez said.
The state prosecutor’s office said it has opened an investigation into possible manslaughter. The company that reportedly organized the event, The Crash, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Aguayo, 35, had wrestled for 20 years and was the son of Mexican wrestling legend Pedro “Perro” Aguayo, now retired and a member of the Aztec lucha hall of fame.
The younger Aguayo was also popular and led a group called “Los Perros de Mal,” or the bad dogs. He won numerous titles, including national pairs with his father, a national heavyweight championship and the Consejo Mundial Lucha Libre world trios championship.
This story originally appeared on NBC News