The Mexico-based AAA and CMLL professional wrestling promotions are confirming reports that El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, one of the country's top stars, died earlier this morning due to injuries he sustained during a match on Friday night.
Aguayo's death comes after competing in a match on Friday night against former WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio. During the match, Aguayo tried to avoid Mysterio's 619 maneuver and ended up getting hit in his trachea, which caused severe whiplash. However, a recently-uploaded video of the incident appears to show that Mysterio's 619 did not actually physically connect with Aguayo; rather, a dropkick to the back of Aguayo's head may have been the cause. Aguayo was then placed on a backbrace and was stretchered out of the Municipal Auditorium before being taken to Del Prado Hospital for treatment.
Aguayo was initially reported to be in stable condition despite being unconscious, but ElMexicano.com later reported that Aguayo died at 1:00 AM local time. ZetaTijuana.com also later reported Aguayo's death in a headline story on their website.
AAA and CMLL later confirmed the news on their respective Twitter pages, with AAA tweeting "The grief overwhelms our hearts. Rest in peace, El Hijo del Perro Aguayo."
Prior to his death, Aguayo also competed in a tag team match against Mysterio at the AAA Rey de Reyes event, which was Mysterio's first match since leaving WWE.
On behalf of everyone at WrestlingNewsSource.com, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo.