Lucha Libre AAA star La Parka has passed away at the age of 56.
La Parka was seriously injured during a four-way match against RUSH, Murder Clown, and LA Park while wrestling at Kaoz Lucha Libre's 64 Anniversary Arena Coliseum event in Monterrey on Oct. 20, 2019. The injury occurred when Parka attempted a suicide dive onto Rush, but his feet got caught on the ropes. Parka came up short on the dive, smacking his head on the concrete outside the ring. Rush and ringside officials immediately checked on Parka, who laid on the floor seemingly unconscious. He was taken away on a stretcher as the match continued.
He was diagnosed with a neck and cervical fracture. In the days after the accident, Parka was unable to talk and move his extremities, but would eventually be able to communicate and regain feeling in his arms and legs. AAA reportedly covered his medical expenses.
AAA posted the following statement (translated by Fightful's Carlos Toro)
CDMX, January 11, 2020: Lucha Libra AAA Worldwide is in mourning. Today, January 11, 2020, in his native home Hermosillo, Sonora, Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta, LA PARKA, passed away surrounded by his family and loved ones.
On the night of January 10, he had renal failure and it was necessary to put him back in assisted breathing. Today, January 11, his lungs and kidney completely failed.
Originating from Hermosillo, Sonora, Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta traversed through Mexico and the world under the mask of La Parka with the AAA group for more than 20 years, reaching a level of an idol that of a global wrestling legend.
In his possession is the Copa Triplemania, the Copa Antonio Pena, the masks of Cibernetico, Gigante Drako, Halcon Dorado Jr. and Muerte Cibernetica as well as the top winner of the Rey de Reyes tournament.
Con mucha tristeza lamentamos informar que nuestro amigo e ídolo de la lucha libre mexicana Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta "LA PARKA" ha fallecido.— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) January 12, 2020
Externamos nuestro apoyo y condolencias a toda su familia y elevamos nuestras oraciones para su pronta resignación.
Descanse en paz pic.twitter.com/JNtTYKOlwG
La Parka should not be confused with LA Park of WCW and MLW fame. Parka owned the name and wrestled for Lucha Libre AAA, The Crash, Toryumon Mexico and other promotions.
Fightful would like to send our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of La Parka.