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Oklahoma State University bull rider dies after being injured during Texas rodeo

Posted at 6:59 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 08:59:37-04

An Oklahoma State University bull rider died of injuries he sustained during a competition in Texas.

Rowdy Swanson, 20, was competing at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association's PRCA Rodeo Thursday night in Mineral Wells, Texas, when he was bucked off while riding a bull, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association said in a news release.

The Oklahoma State University's rodeo team tweeted a photo and remembrance of Swanson.

"With a heavy and aching heart, I am saddened to announce that the OSU Rodeo Team has lost one of our own, Rowdy Swanson. He was a big part of our rodeo family and he will be missed immensely. Our thoughts are with the Swanson family at this time," said coach Cody Hollingsworth.

According to, Swanson was from Duncan, Oklahoma and was studying animal sciences at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rowdy Swanson at the ProRodeo in Mineral Wells, Texas," PRCA CEO George Taylor said. "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."

The Palo Pinto County Livestock Association also expressed condolences.