Horrific video has emerged showing the moment a bullring volunteer is killed by a bull in front of 2,000 peoples.
The bull was running back to its pen when the fatality happened.
A bullring volunteer, known in Spain as a "torilero", has been gored to death before the start of a tournament in Zamora.
The 60-year-old man was pierced in the neck by a bull as it turned on him when he was letting it into the bullring for the annual "Fiestas del Toro".
The job of a torilero is to open the door to the bullring, goad the bull into the open and distribute the banderillas which are used to stab and taunt the animals.
Sources say the victim had "no chance" as the bull took him by surprise by unexpectedly going back into the pen.
He was struck several times by the bull and was unconscious when helpers reached him.
He was immediately rushed to the bullring's infirmary but doctors could do nothing to save his life because of the injuries he had received.
The fatal accident happened in the Benavente bullring.
The deceased, known as SDR, was known by bullfighting fans for being in charge of performing these tasks for many years.
The tournament was first suspended and then cancelled once news of the fatality was announced.
Distressing videos show the moment the bull turned in a split second and tosses the man to the floor, goring him in the process as the 2,000-strong crowd screams in horror.
The Mayor of Benavente, Luciano Huerga, expressed deep regret at what had happened and said the council will adopt some measure as a sign of mourning for a tragedy that had shocked the whole of Benavente.