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Lucha libre legend El Santo remembered in Mexico

February 6, 2009 | 10:15 am

El Santo, the legendary lucha libre fighter and movie star, was remembered fondly in Mexico yesterday, 25 years after his death.

A Mass was held in his honor in the Metropolitan Cathedral Thursday afternoon, followed by the presentation of a new book about his career by his son -- El Hijo del Santo (Son of Santo), also a lucha libre fighter.

The son, Jorge Guzman, placed a wreath of flowers at a monument to El Santo in downtown Mexico City and told the crowd that El Santo was a man with a lot of magic who threatened to overshadow his own career but that "fortunately, I have won the love and respect of the public myself."

El Santo, also known as "the Silver Mask," was Rodolfo Guzman Huerta and acted in more than 50 films during his career. You can read a Spanish-language article on the life of the Mexican superstar here. Watch the video for a taste of his film career.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City