Thursday, August 29, 2013

Remembering Yiyo

August again marks the anniversary of the death of Jose Cubero "Yiyo" who wad killed in Colmenar  Viejo.     Spain in 1985.

The fatal goring took place with the last bull of the day. Yiyo, who had come to this fight as a last minute substitute for Curro Romero, had just finished a tremendous faena and placed the sword, when he was knocked to the ground. There, the bull hooked into him from the side, demolishing his heart and lung. Lifted into the air and unceremoniously dropped on his feet, the dying torero took a few faltered steps and passed into legend.

The goring may be seen on You Tube, but is not pretty viewing.

Posthumously, Yiyo was granted the ears of the bull that killed him, fort he animal likewise died from the sword a few seconds after doing its fatal work.

Almost two decades have now passed, yet Yiyo remains immortalized in works of art, books and song. There si a massive statue in his honor by the bullring in Madrid and another statue at his grave site int hat city. There si likewise a statue in Colmenar erected in his memory.

He was 21 at the time of his death.

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