A hopeful teen who died of a heart attack after falling off a bull was begged by his father to stop doing the "dangerous sport".

Thiago Castilho, 18, tragically passed away after the catastrophic fall took place at an event in the south-eastern Brazilian state of São Paulo.

He dreamt of becoming a professional bull rider and had plans to compete in the United States, his family revealed.

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But his aspirations were fatally crushed after he mounted on the animal for almost eight seconds as it tried to buck him off.

The teen sadly lost his grip on the bull rope and seemed to smack his neck on the beast's horn before he dropped to the ground.

Two men then rushed to his side as he went unconscious while a member of the crowd chased after the animal.

He was taken to a nearby medical facility and went into cardiac arrest on Friday morning.

His father Jean Carlos Castilho said he started riding horses at the age of 11 and by the age of 16 had learnt to ride an ox.

Once he turned 18 in February, the teen started to join bigger rodeo shows despite being warned about the dangers by his dad.

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His father recalled: "Unfortunately, that's what rodeo is all about. It's a dangerous sport. I always said to him: 'My son, stop it.'"

But he told his father in response: "If I died one day, I'm going to die happy, I'm going to die riding."

Rodeo announcer Ronald Xavante paid tribute to the teen and said he was a rising star in the sport.

He said: "Thiago was an 18-year-old who, since he was a child, has been awakening the dream of being a rider.

"His dream came true, so Thiago had been making great presentations and was arousing interest in several national rodeo teams."

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