The death of the Spanish bullfighter Jaime Ostos this saturday at 90 years old in Bogota, where he was on a family trip, shocked right-handers and fellow Colombians, who are currently immersed in the bullfighting Feria de Manizales.
The bullfighter Over Gelain Fresneda, ‘Gitanillo de América’, who served as host in the tourist visit that the veteran teacher made with his wife, María de los Ángeles Grajal, to Colombia, confirmed to Efe his death due to a heart condition .
According to Fresneda, the veteran bullfighting master, nicknamed Jaime Corazón de León, was rushed to the El Country Clinic in Bogotá on Saturday morning, where he died.
Ostos had a delicate state of health for several years and had suffered a coronavirus infection in 2020. He had pulmonary edema in 2019 and was admitted to a Madrid hospital for a serious back injury in 2020.
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Lamentations in Colombia
In America, and particularly in Colombia, Ostos was a great protagonist of the bullfighting cycles end of the year in Cali, Manizales, Bogotá and Medellín.
“He had many followers for his value and quality, apart from almost never failing with the sword. And an unforgettable detail of his human quality was that of taking on his shoulders in La Macarena de Medellín, dressed as a bullfighter, his alternate Gilberto Charry ( who died last year), in an unusual gesture, “bullfighting critic Alberto Lopera told Efe.
“Ostos made his debut in La Santamaría de Bogotá in the early 1957 season, alternating with Pepe Cáceres and Antonio Ordoñez,” recalled fan Diego Caballero.
The news of the death of Ostos caused deep regret in Manizales, where it also obtained triumphs and where the bullfighting Fair number 67 of that city of the so-called Coffee Axis of Colombia is currently taking place.
Ostos was born in Écija, Seville (southern Spain), on April 8, 1931 and took the alternative on October 13, 1956 in Zaragoza at the hands of Miguel Báez ‘Litri’, with Antonio Ordóñez as a witness. And he confirmed it on May 17, 1958, with Antonio Bienvenida as godfather and Gregorio Sánchez as witness.
Bullfighter from a time considered golden, that of the fifties and sixties, Ostos became famous for being an accomplished rapier, apart from other faculties that made him essential in the posters of the time.
In those years he remained in the avant-garde positions, leading the ranks of the matadors in 1962 along with one of the figures of the moment, Diego Puerta from Seville.
On July 17, 1963, he received a serious goring in Tarazona de Aragón that had him for several days between life and death, but that did not prevent him from continuing in the front line of bullfighting between 1964 and 1966, although he would end up ascribed to that group of Assiduous killers of so-called hard cumshots.
Ostos was a bullfighter punished by the bulls; The endless rosary of wounds would progressively undermine the thrusting force of his best years, as well as that just place of bravery that he had earned.
His last performance of lights was on November 1, 1986 in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz) without the slightest bullfighting repercussion, although that professional decline coincided with his multiplied presence in the magazines and programs of the heart after his second marriage with the Dr. María de los Ángeles Grajal and after the complaints of mistreatment of his first wife, Consuelo Alcalá.
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