Oklahoma State University Bull Rider Dies After Being Thrown From Bull During Texas Rodeo

by Jennifer Shea

Oklahoma college student Rowdy Lee Swanson, 20, died last week after he was thrown from a bull in a Texas rodeo competition.

Swanson was a junior at Oklahoma State University, studying animal science during his time there. He had been taking part in the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association’s PRCA Rodeo when he died, Fox News reported.

Swanson was a member of the OSU rodeo team. Coach Cody Hollingsworth says via the team’s Twitter that Swanson “was a big part of our rodeo family.”

On its Facebook page, the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association also give a statement on Swanson’s death.

Chairman Scott Fenner writes their deep sadness following Rowdy Swanson’s death. “The entire Rodeo Committee and our rodeo family extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Rowdy’s mother Venessa, his brother Roper, and his entire family,” the post says.

Fox News reported that Swanson died as a result of the injuries he sustained when the bull knocked him off. Fox cited the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

According to the Oklahoman, PRCA CEO George Taylor also released a statement on Swanson’s death.

Taylor says in a press release, “The hearts of the entire rodeo community go out to Rowdy’s family in this tragic time. We will continue to keep Rowdy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.” 

Last year, a professional bull rider named Mason Lowe died at age 25. The bull threw him off and ran over Lowe, resulting in his death, Yahoo! News reports.