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Lane Frost 1963 - 1989

When Lane Frost met the unridden Red Rock in a seven-match series in 1988, the cowboy beat the bull 4-3. Before that, Red Rock had thrown 309 consecutive bull riders. On July 24, 1993, a permanent tribute to Lane Frost was unveiled. This life-sized version of this bronze by Chris Navarro stands in front of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. The bronze represents the spirit of Lane and his fellow bull riders

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 no elation.

'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 accidents.

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.'

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