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Venezuelan Bullfighter Curro Giron, 49

January 29, 1988

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ Bullfighter Curro Giron, famed throughout Latin America and Spain for his fearlessness in the bullring, died after undergoing emergency surgery, the state news agency Venpres reported.

Venpres said Giron died Thursday night. He was 49.

Giron underwent surgery Thursday morning to correct ″varicose veins in the colon″ and died hours later at the Clinico Universitario Hospital, which he had entered for treatment a few days ago, Venpres reported.

Giron was born July 28, 1938 in Maracay, in Aragua state. His brother, Cesar Giron, was the one of Latin America’s best-known matadors until his death in 1971 in a car accident.

His other brothers, Rafael, Efrain and Freddy, are also bullfighters.

Giron became a full-fledged bullfighter Sept. 27, 1957 in Barcelona, Spain.

He fought in Spanish bullrings for four years and participated in 58 fights there, a record for foreign bullfighters in Spain. In his 30 years in the ring, Giron was in 619 bullfights.

He was seriously gored in July 1958, and spent a year recovering.

The last time he faced a bull was last November.

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