The PBR has learned that Josh Griffin, a Nacodoches, Texas, bull rider, passed away Sunday.
Griffin, 27, died of injuries sustained at a bull riding event at the Timpson Rodeo Arena.
“Though the event wasn’t PBR-sanctioned, the incident is a stark reminder of the dangers involved in bull riding, and a testament to the courage of all bull riding athletes, regardless of their sanctioning body,” said PBR CEO Randy Bernard.
“I’ve lost friends in this sport, and danger is what makes the sport so intriguing, not just to the fans, but to the riders,” said Ty Murray, nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder. “Learning how to do a sport this dangerous is a true test of an athlete, in body, mind and spirit. We send our sincere condolences to Josh’s family.”
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cason Monk Metcalf Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.
© 2016 PBR Inc. All rights reserved.