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‘My brother’: Hollywood actor Jack Black pays tribute to Nacho Libre co-star Silver King

Hollywood actor Jack Black has paid tribute to a former WCW wrestler who died in the ring in front of a packed London audience.

Silver King had starred in the 2006 comedy Nacho Libre alongside Black and was performing at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden when he collapsed.

Posting on Instagram to his 4.3 million followers, Jack Black said: ‘César González … go with God, brother.’ 

This is while Eastenders’ Jake Wood, also paid tribute, after he had been at the front row of the theatre when the tragedy happened.

Jack Black took to Instagram to post this picture of Silver King, following his death over the weekend 

Silver King

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The Mexican wrestler – real name Cuauhtémoc González Barrón (left) – starred in comedy Nacho Libre in 2006 and was performing at the Roundhouse on Saturday night (right)

Silver King collapsed at the Roundhouse before other wrestlers surrounded him and started to perform CPR

Silver King collapsed at the Roundhouse before other wrestlers surrounded him and started to perform CPR

He posted a picture of the fighter with the caption: ‘Shockingly my family and I were front row at @roundhouseldn last night when legend of the wrestling world Silver King aka César Barrón lost his life in the ring. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends, so sad #rip #silverking #roundhouse #luchalibra #nacholibra #cesarbarron.’

Silver King was up against ex WWE star Juventud ‘The Juice’ Guerrera when the incident took place on Saturday night.

Moments after the fighter collapsed, other wrestlers surrounded him and began desperately performing CPR while the audience were ushered out of the arena.

Jack Black (left) can be seen diving onto Silver King (right) during the movie in which the pair starred in together in 2006

Jack Black (left) can be seen diving onto Silver King (right) during the movie in which the pair starred in together in 2006

Jack Black (right) and Silver King (left) in the 2006 film Nacho Libre

Jack Black (right) and Silver King (left) in the 2006 film Nacho Libre 

Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning on Eastenders paid tribute to the wrestler and said he had been in the audience that night

Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning on Eastenders paid tribute to the wrestler and said he had been in the audience that night

Jake Wood also posted this picture and said: 'Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends, so sad, RIP'

Jake Wood also posted this picture and said: ‘Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends, so sad, RIP’

Reports in Mexico have suggested that King had had a heart attack during the battle. 

He had stayed down despite attempts by the referee to revive him. 

The World Wrestling Council confirmed on Twitter that the fighter had died, ESPN Mexico reported. 

One witness said there were lots of children around and that it took viewers ‘a couple of minutes’ to realise it was no longer part of the performance and that it was a serious incident. 

This is while one said: ‘It felt like it was staged. All of us were really shocked’. 

Silver King executes a choke hold on Juventud 'Juvi' Guerrera (front), during their bout in the evening slot of The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre at the Roundhouse in Camden, moments before his death

Silver King executes a choke hold on Juventud ‘Juvi’ Guerrera (front), during their bout in the evening slot of The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre at the Roundhouse in Camden, moments before his death

According to the Camden New Journal, Silver King was turned over after appearing to fall during the fight and counted out.

But when he failed to get up to the referee’s calls, organisers and a team of medics rushed onto the stage.

Fans reportedly chanted ‘Silver’ before realising that it wasn’t part of the performance.

Even Silver King’s opponent appeared to celebrate his win before noticing the seriousness of the incident.

One audience member told the publication: ‘It seemed to be part of the show at first but then he didn’t get up – and then the medical team was on the stage. Everybody was cleared out and lots of police and ambulances were there.’

Silver King making his last ring entrance on Saturday hours before his death in London

Silver King making his last ring entrance on Saturday hours before his death in London

Silver King making his last ring entrance on Saturday hours before his death in London 

Silver King, who was performing at the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre, also performed in World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000. 

Distraught wrestlers paid tribute to the well-known fighter over the weekend, who was at one time best known for being part of the WWE’s rival promotion WCW in the late 1990s.

WWE’S Tommy Dreamer wrote on Twitter: ‘Terrible news of Silver King passing away in the ring tonight. He was a star in Mexico, Japan & WCW. Pray for strength for his family.’ 

The next generation (NXT) of WWE star, Kassius Ohno posted: ‘Terrible news. Please keep Silver King’s friends and families in your thoughts. RIP.’

Fellow wrestler Christopher Daniels added: ‘The news of Silver King’s passing hits me hard. I was lucky to be able to tour and work New Japan with him. Such a great person. Rest In Peace, good sir.’

The Roundhouse venue tweeted on Saturday: ‘There has been an incident at the Luche Libre show at the Roundhouse this evening. At this time we are unable to share further information.’

Silver King, who was performing at the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre, also attended World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000

Silver King, who was performing at the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre, also attended World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000

Silver King, who was performing at the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre, also attended World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000

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