Mexican legend Silver King passes away and reactions Submitted by Aaron Rift on 05/11/2019 at 09:17 PM
Former CMLL/AAA/WCW wrestler Silver King has died at the age of 51 following an apparent heart attack during a Saturday evening match in London.
Twitter account @LuchaBlog wrote the following:
"I can confirm now. I hate this. Former CMLL/AAA/WCW wrestler Silver King has passed away after suffering a health issue during his match earlier today. He was 51.
Silver King had cut way back on wrestling in the last few years. He'd do a couple high profile dates and work intentionally with Danto, but he seemed to focus on promoting shows around Torreon.
He was last really in the news when two gas station attendants - who'd gone viral on a clip of doing highspots near the pumps - and turning them in to real wrestlers he'd train and team with on his shows.
There's been a few Silver King Jrs. Not sure if true in all cases, but some were actually his prize trainees at the time working as his son. He did a lot of teaching the last decade, including with AAA for a time.
Because of the video and because of Nacho Libre, this is going to be the most talked about lucha libre death since Perro Aguayo Jr. Just like Perro, the medical reaction seemed slow if not absent. Aguayo's death led to a lot of talk of change, but it was only talk.
I don't know if medics would've helped. There seems to be only a minute between when Silver King loses strength and when he appears to pass away. But it wasn't present when it had to be."
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Silver King. Like so many of the great Luchadores that helped Americans appreciate Lucha Libre and make Nitro the success it was, he will be missed. Thank you and RIP.
It was an honor to have been friends & shared the ring with the great Silver King. He & Tejano were an amazing team. He truly was one of the greats & I'm heartbroken to learn of his passing. 🙏 #RIPSilverKingpic.twitter.com/WhM1zM9jfp