Lane Frost was an American athlete and world champion
rodeo bull rider whose life story was portrayed in the
1994 Luke Perry film, 8 Seconds. Lane was the
1987 PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association)
Bull Riding Champion of the World, and also the 1985
"Super Bull" Champion, a.k.a. the George Paul Memorial
Bull Riding Competition.
He holds the distinction of being the only bull rider
in history to successfully ride Red Rock. In over 300
attempts, no one had ever ridden the 1987 Bucking Bull
of the Year. But in 1988, in a series of events dubbed
the "Challenge of the Champions," Lane managed to ride
the legendary bull in four out of seven attempts.
In 1989, on the final day of the 93rd annual Cheyenne
Frontier Days Rodeo, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Lane Frost
was killed by a rodeo bull after successfully completing
his 8 second ride.
His wife, Kellie, was a former Women's Professional Rodeo
Association (WPRA) barrel racer. Following his death, she
worked as a stunt coordinator and rodeo/riding consultant
in film, and later remarried.
Lane Frost was posthumously inducted into the Pro Rodeo
Hall of Fame in 1990.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Lane Clyde Frost
Date and place of birth: October 12, 1963,
at La Junta Hospital, La Junta, Colorado, U.S.A. *
Date, time, place and cause of death: July 30, 1989,
at 3:59 p.m., at Memorial Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
(Injuries sustained in an attack by a rodeo bull)
Wife: Kellie Kyle (m. January 5, 1985 - July 30, 1989) (his death)
Wedding took place at the United Methodist Church in Quanah, Texas, U.S.A.
Siblings: Cody Warren Frost (younger brother)
Robin Frost (older sister)
Father: Clyde Filmore Frost
Mother: Elsie (Rose) Frost
Burial site: Mount Olivet Cemetery, in Hugo, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Lane Frost was not born in
"Kim, Colorado" or "Lapoint, Utah" as some sources
erroneously report. Lane's parents have confirmed
that he was born in La Junta, Colorado. Note that a
few of his obituaries also inaccurately report either
Kim, Colorado, or Lapoint, Utah, as his birthplace.
Note: Some sources mistakenly report "Red Rock" was
the bull that killed Lane Frost. In actuality,
"Taking Care of Business" (or more precisely, "Takin'
Care of Business") was the name of the bull that
killed Lane Frost at the Cheyenne Frontier Days
Rodeo, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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