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Teen Dies After Bull Riding Accident

August 9, 2003

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A 14-year-old rodeo rider died more than two weeks after he was thrown from a bull and fell beneath the animal’s hooves.

Danny Griffin, 14, of Bloomfield, died Wednesday at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

He was injured July 19 at the Fredericktown Lion’s Club Rodeo when he was thrown from a bull and his hand became stuck in the rope that circles the animal’s midsection, said Chris Smith, the rodeo chairman. After struggling to free himself, the boy landed on the ground and was stepped on by the bull.

The teen had competed in previous events sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association.

Todd Newville, editor of the association’s Pro Rodeo World magazine, said officials could not recall the last time someone died during an IPRA event.

``While bull riding is a dangerous sport, this is really rare for this to happen,″ Newville said.

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