PBR Rider Amadeu Campos Silva Dies After Accident During Velocity Tour Event

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Tragic news coming out of the Professional Bull Riders League tonight…

Amadeu Campos Silva, a 22 year old bull rider from Brazil passed away at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California after an accident during a ride today.

PBR President Sean Gleason released the following statement to Facebook:

“Earlier today, young Brazilian bull rider Amadeu Campos Silva was involved in a terrible wreck at the Velocity Tour event in Fresno. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he passed away.

Our heart breaks for Amadeu’s family and friends. At 22, he was a bull rider with a lot of promise, coming to the U.S. after competing in PBR Brazil in 2017 and 2018 to pursue his dream of a World Championship. In 2019, he was runner up at the Brazilian Finals and that year, made his U.S. debut on the Velocity Tour in Edinburg, Texas; 11 months later he made it to the premier series in Manchester, N.H.

At the end of the 2020 season, one of Amadeu’s life dreams was accomplished: he rode in the PBR World Finals. This season, on the Velocity Tour, he was again angling to rise to the elite level. 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. Please say a prayer tonight for them, and may Amadeu’s soul eternally rest in peace.”

Amadeu was a rising star in the sport, this season building off his 2020 PBR World Finals appearance, the first of his career. He is currently ranked 88th in the world and had been riding in the PBR since 2017.

Just absolute devastation in the Western Sports world right now that further demonstrates the danger these people put themselves in for our entertainment.

Prayers up for the Campos Silva family tonight.

RIP Amadeu

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