La Parka Death – Lung / Kidney Failure
1966-2020 (Age 55)
La Parka, real name Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta, has died. He was 55.
La Parka’s death is the unfortunate result of a wrestling spot gone wrong.
The luchador was partaking in a four-way match against Rush, LA Park, and Murder Clown in Monterrey, Mexico for the promotion KAOZ. During the match, La Parka attempted a “suicide dive” on his opponent Rush. A suicide dive is a fairly common wrestling move that involves diving to the outside of the ring toward your opponent. La Parka had done the move many times before, but on October 21, 2019, it did not go according to plan.
La Parka missed his opponent, hitting his head on the steel barrier and landing on the concrete floor.
Video footage of the incident went viral on social media, albeit prior to the public knowing just how serious the extent of the injuries were.
La Parka was left paralyzed and required immediate surgery for a neck and cervical fracture, as well as repairing a fractured vertebrae.
The surgery was considered “life saving”.
It was first reported that Huerta was stable in the hospital and had even began to regain feeling in his extremities.
Unfortunately, the good news was short lived.
La Parka Death
La Parka died on January 11, 2020.
According to Wrestling Inc, La Parka “had renal failure on January 10 and was put back on assisted breathing, but then suffered lung and kidney failure on January 11.”
AAA sent out the following Tweet:
Con mucha tristeza lamentamos informar que nuestro amigo e ídolo de la lucha libre mexicana Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta “LA PARKA” ha fallecido.
Externamos nuestro apoyo y condolencias a toda su familia y elevamos nuestras oraciones para su pronta resignación.
Descanse en paz pic.twitter.com/JNtTYKOlwG
— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) January 12, 2020
Google Translation English:
CMDX, January 11, 2020 – Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide is in mourning. Today, Saturday, January 11, 2020, in his native Hermosillo, Sonora. Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza, died surrounded by his family and loved ones.
On the night of January 10, he had a renal failure, so it was necessary to return to assisted breathing. Today, January 11, his lungs and kidney definitely failed.
Originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza toured Mexico and the world under the mask of La Parka with the Caravan Estelera AAA for more than 20 years, reaching the level of the crowd idol and worldwide lucha libre legend.
In his hands he held the Triplemania Cup, the Antonio Pena Cup, the masks of Cibernetico, Gigante Drako, Halcon Dorado Jr., and Muerte Cibernetica,, as well as being the most frequent winner of the King of Kings tournament.”
Not to be confused with WCW’s ‘La Parka’
It should be noted that the La Parka name was most famously used by Adolfo Margarito Tapia Ibarra.
Ibarra donned the name “La Parka” throughout the 90s, most notably with a WCW run from 1996 until 2000. Today he goes simply by “L.A. Park” due to a 2003 copyright claim from AAA.
The pair had a storyline feud over the name in 2010.
According to Meltzer, La Parka headlined “six different TripleMania shows between 2003 and 2010, including a match with Park where the crowd turned on him somewhat. From that point forward, he was moved down from top star position due to age and injuries, but remained a featured attraction on the shows. He was still one of the company’s signature stars at the time of the accident.”
Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta had a long career in the ring, going back over three decades to 1987.
Several other wrestlers have died from accidents, including a few who died as a direct result of a wrestling spot gone wrong.
Our condolences to the friends and family of Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta.