Frost, the 1987 world bull riding champion, was later
killed by a bull named Taking Care of Business on a rainy, but exciting Finals Sunday at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier
Days Rodeo. Lane Frost was immortalized when the movie Eight Seconds, produced by Michael Shamberg and starring Luke
Perry, retold his story. Shamberg got interested in the project after he saw the George Michael Sports Machine's special
eulogy to Lane on TV.
Cheyenne - Lane C. Frost, 1987 world's champion bull rider, died yesterday after being [hit
in the back by the horn of] a bull in the final round at the Frontier Days rodeo.
Frost, 25, of Quanah, Texas, was declared dead after being rushed from the
rain-soaked arena to Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne.
Frontier Days staff could not remember any other occasion when a cowboy rider
had been killed in their rodeo competitions.
Laramie County Coroner Roger Radomsky said the cause of death was broken ribs,
which punctured a major blood vessel.
The ... Colorado native's death turned the rodeo winners' celebration into
a solemn wake as cowboys gathered later at the Hitching Post Inn.
'Lane knew it could happen, but he loved riding bulls,' said Kermit, Texas,
bull rider Jim Sharp, who traveled the circuit with Frost and rode the next bull after the accident.
'There was nothing he'd rather be doing than riding bulls,' Sharp added. 'He
went doing what he loved.'
Sharp tied for first place in bull riding at Frontier Days, but said he felt
'I'm glad I did good,' he said quietly. 'But I'd rather have fell off than
have Lane do this.'
Frost, entered the final day of competition ranked second among the bull riders.
He was the next to last cowboy to ride when he broke from the chute aboard
a bull called K. Walsh. Although Frost managed to complete his eight-second ride, he was tossed over the bull's shoulders,
landing on his hands and knees.
As a crowd of more than 10,000 rodeo fans watched, the bull dipped one horn
to the ground, then hit Lane in the back with that horn.
Frost stood and gestured for help with one [hand] as he held one arm to his
side. Then he collapsed to the ground.
Paramedics worked in vain to revive him before carrying him off on a stretcher.
Memorial nursing supervisor Kathy Ziemann said Frost's heart was not beating when he left the arena.
The accident came while the crowd was still focused on California cowboy Marty
Staneart's record breaking bull ride aboard Mr. T. Staneart had just broken the Frontier Days record with a 93 while becoming the
first cowboy to ever ride the legendary bull.
None of Frost's family were present at the accident, rodeo officials said.
Friends said his wife, Kelly, a professional barrel [racer], was waiting for him in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where the couple had
a small part in a movie.
Yesterday's tragedy came just as Frost seemed to be reversing a year of bad
Roy Cooper, a neighbor who finished as Frontier Days top all-around cowboy,
remembered telling Frost last week that his bull riding at Cheyenne had broken a spell of bad luck.
'I told him, Maybe the ice has melted, Cooper recalled. 'He was fired
up about a big win at Cheyenne.'
Ironically, Frost's final ride earned him a score of 83. That was good enough
to earn him $3,950.78 as bull rider with the third best average.
Sharp said Frost knew the bull that killed him. The same animal had bucked
him off about a month ago at a San Angelo, Texas, rodeo.
'He was really wanting to ride him,' Sharp said. 'And he got it done.'