Wellingtonian Juan Pablo Lampe has died after being gored by a stray bull in India.
He had worked for Weta Digital in Wellington, and was on holiday with his fiancée Paula when the freak accident took place.
The 29-year-old became trapped between two fighting bulls while the couple were walking in the Walled City in Jaipur on Saturday.
One of the bulls struck Mr Lampe with its horn and he was rushed to hospital but did not survive his injuries, according to The Hindustan Times.
Mr Lampe’s friend Julie Freer described him as “the most special friend I’ve ever known”.
He had moved to New Zealand from Argentina in 2009, worked as a Senior Compositor at Weta Digital and was an active member of the Latin community.
“He played an important part in the Latin community and was a humble mentor to many,” Ms Freer told Newshub.
She said his favourite stomping ground was The Grand on Courtenay Place, where he attended many Latino musical events.
“Juan was my best male friend who I fondly referred to as ‘my little brother’. So many of us were touched in a very special way by the way he lived his life and how all in his presence were enriched through meeting and being friends.”
Mr Lampe would have celebrated his 30th birthday this coming Sunday, and he and his fiancée had planned to get married next month.
His friends and family are holding a memorial tribute to him in Wellington this evening, and they plan to erect a park bench in his memory at his favourite place where he used to meditate.
A video has been organised by his close friends at Weta Digital.
Arrangements are being made to repatriate his body from Jaipur to his family in Argentina.