matadorIvan Fandiño was gored to death in the bull ring.

The Spanish matador stumbled over his cape and was left defenseless – the bull gored Fandiño in the chest, puncturing a lung, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported. He died after having suffered at least two heart attacks in the ambulance that rushed him to a hospital, it said.

The death of Fandiño is front-page news across Spain.

The famed bullfighter Enrique Ponce called Fandiño a torerazor, or “super matador,” AFP reported, while King Felipe VI and the Spanish royal family called him a “great figure in bullfighting” in a tribute on Twitter.

Animal rights activists had a different take, however.

In a statement, Humane Society International called Fandiño’s death a “tragedy,” but it said: “For the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a tragedy in which they have no chance of escaping a protracted and painful death. Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books,” it said. “No one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.”

And comedian Ricky Gervais, tweeted a picture of the event with the line: “Beautiful tortured bull defends itself.”

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