FRESNO, CA – The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) association announced late Sunday that up and coming 22-year-old Amadeu Campos Silva was killed during a horrific wreck at the Velocity Tour Bull Riding Competition in Fresno.
According to the association, the Brazilian native was transported to Community Regional Medical Center following the horrific bull riding crash where he succumbed to his injuries. No details have been released regarding the incident.
Silva came to the U.S.A. after competing at PBR Brazil in 2017 and 2018 with hopes of pursuing a World Championship. In 2019, Silva was the. runner-up at the Brazilian Finals and made his debut at the Velocity Tour in Edinburg, Texas.
Less than a year later, Silva reached the premier series in Manchester, New Hampshire. By the end of the 2020 season, Silva competed in the PBR World Finals.
Once again on the Velocity Tour, Silva was striving to rise to the elite level.
"Our heart breaks for Amadeu’s family and friends," said the PBR association in a statement. "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."