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Teen who dreamed of competing in bull riding in the US died of heart attack after falling off a bull during a rodeo in Brazil
- Thiago Castilho suffered a heart attack Friday after he fell off a bull during a rodeo in São Paulo, Brazil
- The 18-year-old was filmed competing at an event in the São Paulo city of Ribeirão Preto on Thursday night when he lost grip of the bull rope
- Castilho hit his neck on the bull’s horn and fell to the ground, where he was lying on conscious
- He was rushed to a local hospital and went into cardiac arrest. He died early Friday morning
A teenager who had dreams of becoming a bull rider and competing in the United States died from a heart attack after falling off a bull at a rodeo in southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo.
Thiago Castilho, 18, was participating at an event in the São Paulo city of Ribeirão Preto on Thursday night when he suffered the fall.
Multiple videos surfaced online that show Perez mounted on the bull for nearly eight seconds as the animal was trying to buck him off.
The teen ultimately lost his grip on the bull rope and appeared to hit his neck on the bull’s horn as he was falling to the ground.
Two men rushed to his side as he was lying on the ground unconscious while another individual chased down the bull.
Thiago Castilho was participating at a bull riding event in the southeastern Brazilian city of Ribeirão Preto on Thursday when he suffered a fall and hit his neck on the animal’s horn. The 18-year-old was taken to a local hospital and died early Friday morning after suffering a heart attack
After turning 18 years old in February, Thiago Castilho started competing in bigger rodeo shows throughout cities in the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo
Castilho was rushed to a local medical facility and went into cardiac arrest early Friday morning.
The incident is being investigated by the Ribeirão Preto Civil Police as a suspicious and accidental death.
Jean Carlos Castilho told Brazilian news outlet G1 that his son was only 11 years old when he started riding horses and by the age of 16 was riding an ox.
As soon as he turned 18 in February, Thiago Castilho began participating in bigger rodeo shows that were held in several São Paulo municipalities, including his hometown of Brodowski.
Thiago Castilho, 18, had dreams of one day traveling to the United States to compete in bull riding events. He started riding horses as the age of 11 and he was just 16 when he started riding an ox
Thiago Castilho was warned multiple times by his father about the dangers that came along with riding bulls. However, the 18-year-old loved the sport so much that he once told him, ‘If I died one day, I’m going to die happy, I’m going to die riding’
Despite warning his son about the dangers that came with riding bulls, Thiago Castilho was willing to put his life on the line for the sport he loved.
‘Unfortunately, that’s what rodeo is all about. It’s a dangerous sport. I always said to him: ‘My son, stop it,” Jean Carlos Castilho recalled.
The mourning father said his son refused to quit, telling him, ‘If I died one day, I’m going to die happy, I’m going to die riding.’
Local rodeo announcer Ronald Xavante honored Thiago Castilho with a video Friday, calling him a rising star in the sport.
‘Thiago was an 18-year-old who, since he was a child, has been awakening the dream of being a rider,’ Xavante said. ‘His dream came true, so Thiago had been making great presentations and was arousing interest in several national rodeo teams.’