Famous luchador Silver King (Cesar Gonzalez) passed away last night after suffering a stroke mid-match against Juventud Guerrera. He was 51-years-old.
WWE has released a statement on the passing of the iconic Luchador, saying:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Lucha Libre legend and former WCW star Silver King has passed away at age 51. A champion luchador in his native Mexico, Silver King, real name César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, entertained audiences across the globe, and was a standout in WCW’s Cruiserweight division in the late ’90s. Outside the ring, he appeared under a mask as the villainous Ramses in the popular 2006 comedy ‘Nacho Libre.’ WWE extends its deepest condolences to Silver King’s family, friends and fans.
Silver King – 1968-2019
Gonzalez wrestled as part of WCW’s Cruiserweight division from 1997 to 2000. He unsuccessfully challenged Juventud Guerrera for the Cruiserweight title at Fall Brawl 1998 in what was arguably his highest profile match for the promotion. Gonzalez would also join the Latino World Order while in WCW.
After WCW, he went to Japan and wrestled as Black Tiger from 2001 to 2006. He is the 3rd wrestler to have adopted the gimmick. After losing a mask vs mask match to LA Park, however, Gonzalez returned to the Silver King gimmick. In 2008, he returned to Mexico and had been wrestling with AAA ever since.
Gonzalez is a former CMLL heavyweight champion, 2x CMLL tag team champion, 1x trios champion, and also held the AAA tag team championships along with Ultimo Gladiador.