Polo star Carlos Gracida dies in freak accident

File photo of a polo match, a game that can turn deadly in an instance, as we learned this week....

File photo of a polo match, a game that can turn deadly in an instance, as we learned this week. (WENN)

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A polo star who taught Britain's Princes William and Harry has died following a freak accident during a match in Florida.

Carlos Gracida was crushed by his own horse during a match on Tuesday after the animal was hit in the head by a mallet and collapsed.

The 53-year-old was taken by helicopter to a local medical centre, where he later passed away.

Gracida was a star of the sport, triumphing in major polo tournaments around the world including the U.S. Open, which he won nine times, and the British Open, where he was a 10-time victor.

 


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