Former WCW Cruiserweight and Lucha Libre Star Silver King passed away yesterday at the age of 51 in London, England when he collapsed during a match with Juvintud Guerrera at a Lucha Libre World event.
Silver King was the son of lucha libre legend Dr. Wagner, and was the brother of the popular luchador Dr. Wagner Jr. He was also know for his role in the hit comedy “Nacho Libre” starring Jack Black, where he played the villain Ramses.
The wrestling world has been rocked by the news of Silver King’s tragic passing, and while he never actually worked for WWE, the company has issued a statement on the death of one of Lucha Libre’s most well known superstars.
WWE’s official statement reads:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Lucha Libre legend and former WCW star Silver King has passed away at age 51.
A champion luchador in his native Mexico, Silver King, real name César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, entertained audiences across the globe, and was a standout in WCW’s Cruiserweight division in the late ’90s. Outside the ring, he appeared under a mask as the villainous Ramses in the popular 2006 comedy “Nacho Libre.”
WWE extends its deepest condolences to Silver King’s family, friends and fans.”
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
We here at Bodyslam.net are deeply saddened by the loss of Silver King. We too would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Silver King during this difficult time.
WCW was a huge part of my childhood and was able to see him wrestle on many occasions. If you did not get the chance to see his body of work, I highly suggest you take a dive down the rabbit hole and watch as much as you can find.
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