A Mexican wrestler who appeared in the Jack Black movie Nacho Libre died during a match on Saturday from an apparent heart attack. Cesar Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled as The Silver King, was 51. Those who saw the 2006 movie might remember him for his portrayal of the villain Ramses. Yesterday, Black paid tribute to Barron on Instagram. Barron collapsed during the match, but all accounts say everybody—the audience, the referee, and his opponent—appeared to think it was part of act. The ref ordered him up off the mat, but Barron was unresponsive as his opponent lifted his leg for the pin. By the Guardian’s count, he lay there for more than two minutes before help was summoned. “It seemed to be part of the show at first but then he didn’t get up—and then the medical team was on the stage. Everybody was cleared out,” a member of the audience said. The official cause of death has not been released, but Scotland Yard is treating it as “non-suspicious.”
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If you saw a lot of 123 Kid matches, you saw some Silver King moves I appropriated. #RIPSilverKing
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) May 12, 2019
Our thoughts are with the friends, family, fans & colleagues of Silver King who tragically passed away earlier this evening. pic.twitter.com/UXrdhnE3Sa
— #StarrcastOnFITE (@StarrcastEvents) May 12, 2019
Tragic news breaking tonight that legendary luchador Silver King has passed away in the ring during a match with Juventud Guerrera. He was 51-years-old.
Rest In Power ❤️ pic.twitter.com/haCJ2iG0Cu
— Wrestling Travel (@WrestlingTravel) May 11, 2019
RIP Silver King pic.twitter.com/XgGPDsIc36
— Cory Machado (@RealCoryMachado) May 12, 2019
Godspeed, Silver King. Rest well, sir.
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) May 12, 2019
I met Silver King once on some random Lucha Libre London Show.
Was such a sweet guy to me, thoughts to his family, friends & co workers.
RIP Silver King
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) May 12, 2019
Very sorry to hear of the passing of my friend, the great Mexican Luchadore Silver King. He was always a pleasure to spend time with and wrestle when we were both in WCW in the 90’s.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) May 12, 2019
R.I.P. Silver King
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) May 12, 2019
WWE is saddened to learn that Lucha Libre legend and former WCW star Silver King has passed away at age 51. https://t.co/mAge65OmeN
— WWE (@WWE) May 12, 2019