A man who was gored to death by a bull at a Spanish festival has been identified as a father-of-two who was a senior executive at ceramic wall and floor tiles firm Pamesa.
Jose Antonio Subies, 61, died in a hospital in Valencia on Saturday evening after suffering blood injuries that affected his liver and one of his lungs.
He was the CEO of Pamesa’s South American group.
Mr Subies’ 63-year-old friend, Vicente Fontestad, president of the citrus fruit company, was injured after being attacked by the same bull and remains in hospital after leg surgery.
He was expected to undergo a second operation on his hand yesterday at the Clinico Hospital in Valencia.
Jose Antonio Subies (pictured), 61, died in a hospital in Valencia on Saturday evening after suffering blood injuries that affected his liver and one of his lungs
Footage of the tragedy showed the two men being lifted into the air by the bull after it was released onto the street in La Pobla de Fornals, near Valencia. Mr Subies and his friend are said to have been trying to reach safety through a hole in the security fence when they were attacked
Footage of the drama showed the two men being lifted into the air by the bull, named Cocinero, which translates into English as Cook, after it was released onto the street in La Pobla de Fornals, near Valencia.
The dead man was born in the city and had helped organize the Bous Al Correr event, where the incident took place around 7pm on Saturday.
Mr Subies and his friend are said to have attempted to reach safety through a hole in the security fence in front of a house in the area where the bull was released when they became stuck in its path.
The Pamesa director, who had worked for the company for about thirty years, suffered cardiac arrest after being admitted to the emergency room and attempts to save his life were unsuccessful.
Friend Jordi Montagut, export director for another company, said in a social media post: “We will miss you.
‘It’s been many years, many flights, many fairs.
‘It has been a pleasure to share this journey with you. Heaven will look better with the ceramics you put in it.”
Pamesa CEO Jose Manuel Llaneza described his colleague’s death as a “huge blow” and said: “Jose Antonio had spent virtually his entire working life at Pamesa. He was a wonderful person and a special colleague.’
Well-wishers expressed their condolences to Mr Subies’ family via social media.
But reactions to his death also included comments from animal lovers, including one who said: ‘If you don’t know how to fight bulls, why did you do this?
In August, a matador was stabbed in the rectum and thrown into the air like a rag doll during a traditional bullfight in Spain
Alejandro Conquero (pictured) was reportedly in a ‘serious’ condition after suffering horrific injuries during the event in Cenicientos, Madrid region
“I’m never happy when I hear of someone dying, but I don’t celebrate the death of an animal either.”
Carmen Almagro added: ‘If he had had another pastime, this wouldn’t have happened to him.’
Earlier this month, gruesome footage emerged showing a distressed bull being dragged down a street with its horns on fire.
The bull, known as a ‘toro embolado’ – or ‘bull with balls’ – is a phenomenon seen in many Spanish cities during the running of the bulls.
It led to calls from non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to ban the practice and outrage on social media.
In August, a matador was stabbed in the rectum and thrown into the air like a rag doll during a traditional bullfight in Spain.
Alejandro Conquero is said to be in a ‘serious’ condition after suffering horrific injuries during the event in Cenicientos, in the Madrid region.
The 28-year-old, from Huelva in Andalucia, was filmed being airlifted to hospital after doctors on the scene diagnosed ‘a puncture to the posterior perianal area, which transects the rectum via the coccyx and external sphincter could affect the anus’. .
In shocking video footage shared online, Conquero can be seen donning his traditional costume as he taunts a white bull with his pink and yellow cape.
He is seen getting closer and closer to the bull’s horns before he is suddenly thrown into the air by the animal.
This happened just a few days later. A shocking video shows a Spanish teenager being gored by a rampaging bull during a similar event in Castalla, Alicante province. The 19-year-old suffered multiple bruises and horn wounds after the animal pinned him against a wall and then threw him into the air
The man lands on his stomach in the sand before the raging bull charges at him and stabs him between his legs.
Conquero is then stabbed upright in the air, with the bull’s horn still attached to his rectum, before falling back to the ground.
This happened just a few days later. A shocking video shows a Spanish teenager being gored by a rampaging bull during a similar event in Castalla, Alicante province.
The 19-year-old was left with multiple bruises and horn wounds after the animal pinned him against a wall and then threw him into the air.
Horrifying footage of the event in Castalla, Alicante province, shows him being tossed around as the animal uses its horns to throw him back and forth.
The boy flees with other young men through the narrow streets of Castalla and initially slips on the road.
As he tries to get up, the bull catches him and immediately uses his horns to slam him into a wall.
Peruvian bullfighter Andres Roca Rey during the fifth bullfight at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 11, 2023
The moment the bull made contact with the matador, 26, at the Feria de Santiago
The bull repeatedly crushes the teenager – who has not been named in local media – against the terraced street walls before picking him up again with his horns and bouncing him several times in the air.
In July, the so-called ‘Messi of Matadors’ was seriously injured after being crushed by a 1,000-pound bull in Santiago, Spain.
Andrés Roca Rey, 26, suffered multiple wounds and bruises covering his body after being pierced and was immediately taken to hospital on July 25.
The bull, named Viruta, charged at the Peruvian, dragged him back into the planks surrounding the stadium and threw him into the air.
Roca Rey was seen leaning against the wall as others rushed in to distract the bull and get it to safety.
Although Roca Rey has had his fair share of injuries in an eight-year career, onlookers said this was the worst injury yet.