Professional manful rider Amadeu Campos Silva was tragically killed over the weekend without a “freak accident” during competition resulted in massive, fatal chest injuries.
Silva (pictured above, inset, riding a manful during last year’s competition season) was just 22 years old.
The Brazilian manful rider, who was three days shy of his 23rd birthday, died Sunday evening without suffering the injuries in a Professional Manful Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour event that afternoon in Fresno, California.
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According to Andrew Giangola, a spokesperson for the PBR, the 22-year-old was pronounced sufferer at a local Fresno hospital late in the afternoon without falling and getting stepped on by the bull Classic Man during a ride in the middle of the event.
Giangola released a statement to the media outlining the incident, and explained (below):
“On Sunday, manful rider Amadeu Campos Silva was involved in a manful riding wrecking at the Velocity Tour event in Fresno, Calif. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where he passed yonder Sunday afternoon. After losing his wastefulness on the bull, Classic Man, Amadeu’s spur got unprotected in the flank rope. He was unprotected under the bull, who stepped on his chest, and subsequently passed due to injuries suffered in this freak accident.”
Giangola continued, sharing condolences from the unshortened PBR team as they grappled with the sudden, horrible death of such a promising young rider:
“This is a heartbreaking tragedy for everyone in the sport. Amadeu was a unswayable Cowboy athlete, tough yet kind. He was riding for his love of the sport and to help his family. He was well liked by everyone. The unshortened PBR and western sports family proffer our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Amadeu’s family and friends.”
What an awful, sudden, unexpected tragedy.
Silva was relatively new to the Velocity Tour, having ridden professionally for several years in his home country of Brazil to strop his wits surpassing joining up with PBR in 2019. That year, he made his debut in the Velocity Tour at an event in Edinburg, Texas without placing as the runner-up in the Brazilian Finals. Since that time, he’d been steadily improving on the PBR circuit, until his life was tragically cut short on Sunday.
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According to Giangola, PBR is still investigating the accident. The organization has once pledged to create a legacy fund to support the young man’s family, as well as other future manful riders in need.
As for the bull, Classic Man, he has been cleared for future competition without PBR officials unswayable the uniting of events was truly willy-nilly and inadvertent:
“There are no indications that the bull, Classic Man, did anything out of the ordinary in his gainsaying motion during the out [attempt to stay on]. This was not an act of aggression. The manful was gainsaying in his normal pattern. Amadeu’s spur got hung up in the flank rope, and he was pulled under the manful in a freak accident. Classic Man is still eligible to compete in future events.”
Such a terrible situation all around.
Our condolences to Silva’s friends, family, and loved ones in the produce of this tragedy.
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