Luis Miguel González Lucas

9 Nov 1926
8 May 1996
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Luis Miguel González Lucas (November 9, 1926 – May 8, 1996) was a famous bullfighter from Spain, better known as Luis Miguel Dominguín. His father was the legendary Domingo Dominguín; he adopted his father’s name to gain popularity.

Dominguín made his first public appearance in the ring at the age of eleven and enjoyed wide popularity during the 1940s and 1950s in Spain, Portugal, Colombia and other countries. He was on the card in Linares, Spain on 28 August 1947 when another legend, his rival Manolete, was fatally gored.

In 1971 at the age of 44 he returned to the bullring. That year he retired again, but returned to the ring in 1971, aged 45, when he attempted to fathom the sport’s continuing allure. His comeback was at Las Palmas, the Canary Islands, when he wore the costume known as the “suit of lights,” which had been designed for him by Picasso. He killed two bulls and won one ear, but was overshadowed by younger men – although the actress Deborah Kerr, who was in the crowd, insisted, “He is still the greatest bull-fighter.”

He died of heart failure at 69 in 1996. He is buried in the cemetery San Enrique de Guadiaro, near Sotogrande .

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