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Oklahoma State University bull rider dies after he fell off from his bull during rodeo

A student of the Oklahoma State University college, Rowdy Lee Swanson, has died after he fell off his bull during a bull riding competition in Texas.

The 20 year old bull rider had been competing in the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association’s PRCA Rodeo in Mineral wells, Texas, last week when the incident took place. It is not yet known what sort of injury Swanson sustained during the incident.

Oklahoma State Rodeo team issued a statement saying, “With a heavy and aching heart, I am saddened to announce that the OSU Rodeo Team has lost one of our own, Rowdy Swanson. He was a big part of our rodeo family and he will be missed immensely. Our thoughts are with the Swanson family at this time,” said Cody Hollingsworth, coach of the Oklahoma State rodeo team in a statement on Twitter.

Swanson who is studying animal sciences at the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, is from Duncan, Oklahoma.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rowdy Swanson at the ProRodeo in Mineral Wells, Texas,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “The hearts of the entire rodeo community go out to Rowdy’s family in this tragic time. We will continue to keep Rowdy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Palo Pinto County Livestock Association gave their condolences on his tragic death in a post on Facebook, it said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rowdy Swanson following injuries sustained at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association’s PRCA Pro Rodeo,” said PPCLA Rodeo Chairman Scott Fenner. “The entire rodeo committee and our rodeo family extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Rowdy’s mother Venessa, his brother Roper, and his entire family.”

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