Ernesto Pastor

Ernesto Pastor Lavergne (April 4, 1892 - June 11, 1921)[1] was the first of only two Puerto Rican-born bullfighters (toreros) to gain international fame, the other being Juan Ramón Fernandez.

Ernesto Pastor Lavergne
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Born(1892-04-04)April 4, 1892
DiedJune 11, 1921(1921-06-11) (aged 29)
NationalityPuerto Rican

Early life and careerEdit

Some date Pastor's birth year as 1900, but it is generally accepted that he was born in 1892.[2] He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico[3] to a Mexican father and French mother.[1][4]

Pastor was considered by his contemporary colleagues to be talented both with the sword and the cape. On January 15, 1911, he made his public debut, at a plaza in Guadalajara, Mexico. There, he would be revered as one of the best of his era.

Pastor relocated to Spain in 1916, fighting for the first time there on May 16, 1916 in Barcelona. In Spain, he was mentored by José Gómez Ortega. In 1918, Pastor engaged in 38 bullfighting spectacles, and in 1919, he debuted in Madrid.[2]


It was in Madrid on June 11, 1921 that Pastor met with death. On June 11, 1921, during a bullfighting event, his leg was gored by a bull.[5] Bleeding profusely, he managed to ask who turned off the lights? before passing away. The hemorrhage in his leg had caused him to go blind before dying.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b La web de las Biografias: Ernesto Pastor Lavergne
  2. ^ a b c "Ernesto Pastor Lavergne". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
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  4. ^ Revista de revistas (in Spanish). Empresa Editora "Revista de Revistas, S.A.". 1999. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  5. ^ Blasco, M.O.; Sotomayor, J.M. (1991). Tauromaquia A-Z: A-J. Tauromaquia A-Z. Espasa Calpe. ISBN 978-84-239-5889-4. Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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