Newsweek - A professional bull rider has died in Denver as a result of injuries sustained during a competition, the Professional Bull Riders Association said on Wednesday. Mason Lowe was injured during an event at the National Western Stock Show on Tuesday night and died shortly after.
At the time of the tragic incident, the 25-year-old was riding a bull named Hard Times, before being bucked off. Gerardo Alvarez, who attended the event, told CBS Denver affiliate CBS4 that the Lowe appeared to be thrown off the bull, before the animal stepped on his chest.
“He was thrown off the bull and while he was on the ground the back legs stomped him in the chest while he trying to get up,” Alvarez was quoted as saying. “When he got up he immediately grabbed his chest and stumbled over to the exit and then fell to the ground again grabbing his chest before he could get out of the area. They took him out on a stretcher.”
This is...rough. Not much else to say here except 25 years old is way too young to be passing like this. I've had the honor of meeting of few PBR's since working for this station and I'll tell you they are some of the most badass and nicest people on the planet. They put their lives on the line for sport. They know what they've signed up for, but that sure as hell doesn't prepare you for when a situation like this unfolds. RIP Mason Lowe. Keep Mason's wife and family in your prayers tonight.