In this image made from video taken on Saturday, May 11, 2019, The Silver King, right, talks to the camera with fan Mark van der Enden at the Roundhouse in London. A fan of a wrestler and actor who died after collapsing on stage mid-performance in London shared the moment he got to meet his idol earlier that afternoon. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, also known by his wrestling title of Silver King, died of a suspected heart attack at the Roundhouse in London's Camden on Saturday night, promoters said. (@estefyunvin via AP)
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Lucha Libre wrestler Silver King, who appeared in ‘Nacho Libre’ movie dies in ring

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Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, the Lucha Libre wrestling star known as Silver King, died during a performance Saturday at The Roadhouse in London. He was 51.

Gonzalez was facing Juventud Guerrera, or Youth Warrior, when he became unresponsive, The New York Times reports

Lucha Libre World said in a statement Gonzalez “suffered what we believe was a cardiac arrest while performing in the show and sadly passed away.”

Gonzalez also competed as Silver King in World Championship Wrestling from 1997 and 2000.

“A champion luchador in his native Mexico, Silver King entertained audiences across the globe,” World Wrestling Entertainment said in a release. “And was a standout in WCW’s Cruiserweight division in the late ’90s.”

He appeared as a champion wrestler and comic villain in the 2006 movie “Nacho Libre,” which starred Jack Black.

“Vaya con dios, hermano (Go with God, brother),” Black wrote on social media with an old photo of Gonzalez on the set during filming.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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