January 19, 2007 / 12:29 PM / 13 years ago

Mexican wrestling film legend dies at 80

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Daniel Garcia, who starred as Huracan (Hurricane) Ramirez during the golden age of Mexican wrestling films in the 1960s, has died of a heart attack, family members said on Wednesday.

Garcia, who died on Tuesday at the age of 80, wore a blue-and-white mask in matches in Asia, South America and the Caribbean. He also played leading roles in several movies during his three-decade-long career.

His identity was not revealed until he retired in 1987.

Garcia’s on-screen persona, Huracan Ramirez, and other masked wrestlers fought vampires, international crime organizations and Martians in low-budget, but extremely imaginative movies treasured by cult-film collectors worldwide.

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