FILE PHOTO - Contestants and spectators watch the competition at the Illinois High School Rodeo Association State Finals on June 15, 2012.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Missouri man has died after being injured during the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Rodeo officials say 25-year-old J.D. Jones, of Goodman, Mo., died at a hospital after being critically injured during the saddle bronc riding competition Saturday night.
It was his first time competing in the national finals.
The 37th annual event was held Tuesday through Saturday at the South Point resort.
Organizers issued a statement saying Jones was a favorite of the rodeo because of his passion and respect for the sport. They thanked the Indian Nation for rallying behind the cowboy's family financially and personally.
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