A young Brazilian bull rider seen as a “rising star” in the sport was killed in a “terrible wreck” Sunday during a competition in California, according to the Professional Bull Riders organization.
Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, was riding at a Velocity Tour event in Fresno when he suffered a “severe accident,” PBR said in a statement shared by CEO Sean Gleason. Silva was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The organization did not release any details about the incident. Local news outlets said Silva was riding a bucking bull named “Little Okie” at the time. “Our heart breaks for Amadeu’s family and friends. At 22, he was a bull rider with a lot of promise,” PBR said.Amadeu Campos Silva rides a bull named War Horse during the Caveman Invitational PBR at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas.
Silva came to the U.S. after competing in PBR Brazil in 2017 and 2018. The following year, he was runner up at the Brazilian Finals and made his U.S. debut on the Velocity Tour in Edinburg, Texas, before joining the premier series in Manchester, N.H., the bull-riding organization said. At the end of the 2020 season, Silva rode in the PBR World Finals, accomplishing one his life dreams, the group said.
“This season, on the Velocity Tour, he was again angling to rise to the elite level,” according to PBR. “Amadeu was a rising star in our sport; a cowboy with so much potential on and off the dirt. The entire PBR and western sports family extend our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Amadeu’s family and friends.”