Principe Aéreo — a star wrestler in Mexico — died at 26 years old after collapsing in the ring during a match over the weekend.
The tragic scene all went down Saturday at Arena San Juan Pantitlan in Mexico City during a Mexa Wrestling event.
Principe — real name Luis Ángel Salazar — was performing in a tag-team match … and everything appeared to be going smoothly.
The luchador was hamming it up for the crowd … and then took two slaps to the chest and a kick to the stomach — when suddenly he appeared to faint onto the mat.
Video showed his opponent and the in-ring ref immediately knew something was very wrong … and within minutes, the wrestler was reportedly rushed out of the building by medical personnel.
Sadly, Salazer did not survive … with MasLucha.com saying an official medical report revealed the wrestler suffered a “ruptured middle cerebral artery.”
The wrestling world was shocked by the news … with Mick Foley tweeting his condolences Sunday.
“Rest in peace Principe,” the ex-WWE superstar said.
Other wrestling events in Mexico held moments of applause to honor Salazar — who had reportedly begun wrestling a decade ago.