Ivan Fandino, 36, was killed during a bull-running festival in Aire-sur-l'Adour in the southwest of France.
Fandino's feet became tangled in the cape used to goad the specially trained fighting bull and he was left with horrific injuries after the animal plunged its horn into his lung.
A matador has died after being gored in the chest by a bull, becoming the second Spanish bullfighter to die in the bullring in the past year.
In 2012, he participated in bullfighting, managing to successfully deal with six bulls.
The Spaniard reportedly suffered two heart attacks while in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
A renowned Spanish bullfighter has died after he tripped on his cloak and was fatally gored in a ring in France.
Fandino had won an earlier fight and cut off the bull's ear. In 2014, he was knocked unconscious by a bull in France and a year later he was thrown into the air by a bull in Pamplona, Spain.
This is the first death of a matador in France in nearly a century.
Fandino was an award-winning bullfighter. 'We just do not know how it could have happened'.
Nearly exactly a year ago, on July 9, 2016, another Spanish star bullfighter, Victor Barrio, was killed in front of thousands of spectators in Teruel.
A shocked colleague said: "It's a tragedy".
Fandino had been invited to take part in the 18th celebration of the San Isidro Fair.
"A great loss for the world of bullfighting".
"Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books, no-one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal".
Nevertheless, the sport is a protected tradition in parts of southern France.