Iconic Wrestler ‘Silver King’ Dies in the Ring at London Show

May 12, 2019 Updated: May 14, 2019

A professional wrestling star and Hollywood actor collapsed during a show in Britain and died.

Silver King, whose real name is Cesar Barron, was performing in a match on Saturday, May, 11 at the Roundhouse in London, when he died from what the Guardian reported was cardiac arrest.

Barron, who at one time was a star competitor in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW), a U.S. federation, was 51 at the time of his death.

Disturbing footage shows the moment the iconic wrestler, who also starred alongside Jack Black in the film “Nacho Libre,” struggles to lift himself from the mat, visibly distressed.

King’s opponent, Juventud Guerrera, or Youth Warrior, is seen in the video trying to keep the match going, apparently unaware Barron was experiencing a medical emergency.

Guerrera is seen in the footage delivering a final kick to the downed fighter, after which King collapses and never rises again.

Youth Warrior tugs at King’s bodysuit and shoulder, rolling his opponent over for a final pin, before celebrating his victory. Meanwhile, Barron lies motionless in the ring.

Roberto Carrera Maldonado, who was at the show, told the BBC that he thought Barron’s collapse was part of the performance.

“It felt like it was staged,” he said, according to the BBC. “Obviously it was quite normal in the fight.”

But when the referee’s efforts to revive Barron failed, people jumped into the ring to help.

“All of us were really shocked—it wasn’t clear what was happening,” Carrera told the BBC. “I had the impression they didn’t know what to do.”

Barron was rolled into the prone position and lay in the ring surrounded by people until medical responders arrived.

The rest of the show was called off.

Scotland Yard was cited by ITV News as saying the wrestler’s death was being treated as “non-suspicious.”


The venue expressed condolences on Twitter, saying: “Last night Silver King sadly lost his life during an event at the Roundhouse. At this stage, the details are still being investigated so we don’t have more information we can share.”

People attending tweeted their condolences.

“We watched in disbelief from the 3rd row. Such a sad end to an amazing show. He went doing something he loved. Rest in peace big man #SilverKing #Luchadores #LuchaLibre,” wrote one commenter.

“Saddest news. We were there at the afternoon performance.
Our thoughts are with his loved ones. Descanse en Paz,” wrote another.

Stuart Hughes, the BBC’s senior world affairs producer filmed Barron performing at an earlier matinee show.

The official Lucha Libre Twitter account posted a picture of the wrestler captioned, “Rest in Peace.”

The tweet read, “Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide joins the grief that the Luchistica family has for the death of Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron ‘SILVER KING.’”

Lucha Libre is a Mexican professional wrestling federation that involves masked competitors, or luchadors, facing each other in choreographed fights.

Luchador El Hijo del Santo wrote in his tribute that Silver King, “died as he wanted: fighting!”

“Deeply saddened at the death of my great rival and companion at so many battles,” he wrote.

Other tributes have flooded in from elsewhere in the wrestling world.

The American WWE federation wrote on Twitter, “WWE is saddened to learn that Lucha Libre legend and former WCW star Silver King has passed away at age 51.”

Barron competed in the World Championship Wrestling Federation from 1997 to 2000.

He came from a wrestling family, with his father being a popular Lucha Libre fighter.

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Peggy Lipton

Actress Peggy Lipton, who starred in David Lynch’s iconic show “Twin Peaks,” and the 1960s show “The Mod Squad,” died on May 11 at the age of 72.

The cause of death was cancer.

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Actress Rashida Jones (C) poses with her father Quincy Jones and her mother Peggy Lipton, at the premiere of “Celeste and Jesse Forever” at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 20, 2012. Lipton died of cancer at age 72. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok/AP Photo, File)

Nipsey Hussle

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead at the age of 33 in South Los Angeles on March 31.

Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London in Los Angeles, on Feb. 7, 2019. The rapper was shot dead in late March. (Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Luke Perry

Actor Luke Perry died from a stroke on March 4.

Undated file photo of Luke Perry. (Newsmakers)

John Singleton

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John Singleton at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif., on March 4, 2018. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Peter Tork

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Albert Finney

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James Ingram

Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote, “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”

Singer James Ingram died at the age of 66 after a battle with brain cancer, according to reports on Jan. 29. (Getty Images)

Freddie Starr

Celebrity comedian Freddie Starr died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.

The body of the British-born funnyman was reportedly discovered by a carer at his apartment in Mijas on the Costa del Sol on May 9, the Mirror reported.

Starr had been ill.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, told the Mirror: “His carer found him dead in his chair at around 3:30 p.m. Police arrived first and then later an ambulance arrived and he was taken away.

“His next door neighbor, who is a nurse, said he was definitely dead. She said she thinks he may have suffered a heart attack.”

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Legendary comedian Freddie Starr at the British Comedy Awards at Fountain Studios in London, on Dec. 16, 2011. (Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Kelly Jobanputra

BBC Radio 6 music presenter Kelly Jobanputra, of Swindon in southwest England, died on April 26, according to the Swindon Advertiser. She was tragically struck and killed by a train, according to reports.

The celebrity radio host had just turned 40 in April, The Sun reported, and last year had given birth to her second child.

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Kelly Jobanputra poses for a photograph she posted on Twitter on March 31, 2019. (@KelJobanputra/Twitter)

Fatima Ali

“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali died on Jan. 25, after a battle with terminal cancer. She was 29.

Former “Top Chef” contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to her: “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote.

“Top Chef” star Fatima Ali died at the age of 29 after battling a form of bone cancer, said her family. (Instagram)

Carol Channing

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Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television, died at age 97. Publicist B. Harlan Boll said Channing died of natural causes early in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2019. (Jim Cole/AP Photo, File)

Bob Einstein

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Bob Einstein in Hollywood, Calif., on June 27, 2018. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Daryl Dragon

Daryl ‘The Captain’ Dragon beside his ex-wife, Toni Tennille, wearing his signature captain’s hat. (Hillel Italie/AP)

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Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this article.

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