Mexican Wrestler La Parka Dead After Injuries Suffered In Ring Accident
Wrestling star La Parka has died at the age of 54 after an acrobatic in-ring move went horrifically wrong last year.
The wrestler was taking part in a match at Kaoz Lucha Libre's 64 Anniversary Coliseum event in Monterrey, Mexico, at the time of his accident last October.
The AAA (Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide) star is thought to have attempted to leap out of the ring in a move that is known as a 'suicide dive'.
However, at the crucial moment, his feet became caught on the ropes, leaving him crashing down on a mat outside the ring before he was then rushed to hospital after leaving the performance area on a stretcher.
La Parka suffered from a broken neck and cervical fracture, and was left paralysed and unable to speak following the unfortunate incident.
However, despite the fact that he managed to regain some feeling and the ability to communicate after his injuries, his death was announced by AAA this morning.
According to the AAA statement, La Parka - who was really called Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta - died of lung and kidney failure.
The high-flying athlete was thought to have been moved out of the hospital and into care at his home about a month ago.
Since the news broke, tributes from around the world of wrestling have been pouring in.
On Twitter, House of Hardcore owner Tommy Dreamer said: "I had the opportunity to wrestle La Parka in Mexico City. Very sad news in professional wrestling. Prayers for strength for his family."
Impact Wrestling and AAA champion Wera Loca added: "Today has been a bad one. But ending it with this news is just heartbreaking."
She continued: "I have lost so many people in the last 5 years in Lucha Libre and my life. This hits hard."
However, WWE Superstar Hurricane Helms was quick to point out that - although this remains a tragic incident - the La Parka who has died is not the same as the World Championship Wrestling star La Parka, who now wrestles as L.A. Park.
Helms wrestled in WCW with the other La Parka, but was keen to make the distinction when asked about the death.
The now-WWE wrestler wrote: "Yes, and it's terrible news, but it needs to be said that this isn't the 'WCW' La Parka that I knew.
"It was a different guy. Still tragic for his family and friends."
Featured Image Credit: Lucha Libre AAA