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Mason Lowe — described as a beloved professional bull rider and a star in the sport — was competing in an event in Colorado on Tuesday night when he was knocked off a bull who then stomped on his chest, killing him, officials and witnesses said.
Lowe was attempting to get up when the hind left leg of the bull, named Hard Times, came down on his chest. Despite wearing a protective vest, he suffered a “massive chest injury that caused damage to his heart,” Professional Bull Riders Association officials said.
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“Mason was pulled under his bull during the buck off and the bull’s hind left leg struck him in the chest,” PBR president Sean Gleason told FOX31. “The material inside is designed to disperse the weight. In this particular case, Mason took a shot that was -- that no vest probably would have helped.”
The 25-year-old was competing in the PBR Chute Out during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., a day before the bull riding finals were set to take place.
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Raymond Lewis, who witnessed the fatal event, told KCNC-TV that Lowe was knocked off the bull “at the last second.”
“It looked like he had it handled,” Lewis recalled. “He got bucked off at the last second. “Everyone got quiet, knew it was pretty serious.”
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Lewis said rodeo clowns got the bull away from Lowe, who stood up, “staggered toward the exit and collapsed down.”
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