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Bullfighting Legend Ordonez Dies

December 20, 1998

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ Antonio Ordonez, one of Spain’s most famous bullfighters and a close friend of Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, has died in a hospital in this southern city. He was 66.

Ordonez died Saturday, and had been suffering from an unspecified illness for months, news reports said.

The son of well-known bullfighter Cayetano Ordonez, Antonio was born in the southern town of Ronda in 1932.

Antonio Ordonez became a professional bullfighter in 1951 and established a reputation for a disciplined classical style of bullfighting. He fought more than 2,000 bulls in a career that spanned some 30 years.

He married Carmen Dominguin, the sister of bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguin. A rivalry between the two matadors in the late 1950s inspired Hemingway’s novel, ``The Dangerous Summer.″

After his retirement in 1971, Ordonez dedicated his time to breeding bulls for bullfights and became the owner of the bull ring in his native town of Ronda, where the remains of Orson Welles are interred.

A funeral mass was held Sunday in Seville. Ordonez is to be cremated and his ashes are to be dispersed about the Ronda bull ring next week.

He is survived by two daughters and one grandson, Francisco Rivera Ordonez, one of the country’s leading matadors.

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