Retired matador de toros Curro Riviera died in October after a lengthy illness. He was in his 80s.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Ortega was a brave and promising torero. He was especially liked on the border in plazas such as Juarez, Nogales and Tijuana.
A major leg goring in Tijuana ended his career in the early 1960s. Though for a time, it was feared he would lose his life and later his limb, he survived, but was no longer able to fight the bulls.