Bodybuilders spend a great deal of time sculpting their body to perfection in terms of symmetry, muscularity and conditioning. They focus heavily on exercise and proper nutrition but there are instances where some bodybuilders became just a tad too obsessed with the craft and pushed themselves too hard. Check out just 18 bodybuilders who went above and beyond to get the best, most perfect body they possibly could.
Not many teenagers know what they want to do with the rest of their lives but Oli Clooney had it all planned out. At just age 16, he dedicated his whole life to bodybuilding, he was determined to be the best. Unfortunately, Clooney turned to the use of steroids and was rather open of the fact that he did. Two years later, doctors warned him to slow down and stop using steroids completely as the overuse and constant, heavy work outs led to chronic heart damage. Clooney didn’t stop, he carried on, working out up to four times a week. At just the age of 20, he passed away, collapsing at the door of a taxi. Clooney’s mother has devoted her life to sharing the story of her son’s steroid abuse in order to help prevent other kids from falling to the same fate.
Andrej Gajdos greatly admired Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and admired his physique so much so that he decided he wanted to be just like him. However Gajdos added to his intense workout regime the use of steroids, something that The Rock does not do. Gajdos was just 19 years old when he collapsed outside a supermarket. This was caused by a rupture inside of his heart, his heart grew so much that the steroids increased its weight to an incredibly deadly size.
Yes, we are including a female bodybuilder on this list and sadly we have to include this particular one. McNeil is a former marine who sadly suffered from a wild temper due to her constant steroid abuse. This rage led her to savagely beat a woman following an alleged affair with McNeil’s husband. McNeil then pulled a shotgun on her husband and killed him, she is now facing life in prison.
Pucket had a rather promising career ahead of him until he was found dead in his dorm room at the University of Alabama at the young age of 22. Shortly before his untimely death, he complained of a torn muscle and the coroner cited his cause of death as heart failure and ‘natural causes’. We aren’t too sure how the torn muscle came into play but many speculate that it was coupled with steroid abuse.
Anthony D’Arezzo had a rather successful career and some fancy bank accounts brimmed to the full. It is no secret though that he suffered from a heart defect known as cardiopyopathy, that was the cause of excessive steroid use unfortunately. His doctors told him to stop the use steroids and to also limit his time in the gym but he didn’t listen. Tragically, the night before a competition, D’Arezzo died of a heart attack in his hotel room.
Dean Wharmby could surely eat. We’re not talking small time eating but consuming up to 10,000 calories per day! Wowza. Wharmby also drank around eight energy drinks per day in order to stay energized. Both are definitely not part of a proper diet programs. Eventually he developed tumors in his body that turned cancerous, resulting from heavy steroid and diet abuse. Before his 40th birthday, he sadly passed away.
Back during the mid ’90s, Benevente was a natural and successful bodybuilder on the NPC circuit. He placed several times in the Teen Division before he gained his highest honors in 2003 as a 1st place finisher in the Southern States competition. Tragically though, Benavente would die just a year later from a heart attack at the age of 30.
In 2009, everyone knew the name of Gary Himing. However, not for good reasons. His fame was sadly due to the fact that he died on stage at a sanctioned completion in Australia. The event promoters didn’t even cancel the show, they just moved his body to a hospital in order to continue. What horrible behavior.
Bertile Fox became an instant sensational but he got to that fame at a costly price. Fox relied heavily upon Human Growth Hormone, or HGH. His addiction to the steroids caused him to experience increased aggression and an imbalance in his brain. Not long after, Fox murdered his ex-fiancee as well as the woman’s mother. He is serving a sentence to life in prison after his death sentence was reduced.
Romario Dos Santos
Dos Santos was sensational, mainly due to his appearance and quick viral action on the internet. However, he resorted to injecting his body full of alcohol and oil so he could have an artificial pump. Instead of looking beautiful and majestic, he sadly looked a bit inflated and grossly misshapen. Currently Romario is facing long term health effects because of his addiction to harmful substances and fitness shortcuts, although we do hope he recovers soon.
Look up Moustafa Ismai in the Guinness World Records and you’ll see that he has the largest upper arm circumference in the world! A shocking 31 inches to be exact. I can barely process that size in my mind, it’s huge, he must have serious diet programs to ensure that size. Ismail is accused of using drug, Synthol, although the Egyptian outright denies this. He claims that his enormous bicep size is due to the seven pounds of protein he consumes in a day.
Kovacs competed well throughout the late ’90s and only retired in 2005. At the age of just 44, Kovacs suffered from heart failure shortly after retiring, which many took as a sign that he abused steroids.
Brothers had a very promising career ahead of him until he was working out at Gold’s Gym one day and things went a bit wrong. Brothers tripped and fell while on a treadmill thus resulting him to overreact and destroy property. He screamed at the top of his lungs, throwing out threats at staff and other lifters, attacking people, flipping over heavy machines, and refusing to back off when the police when showed up. Brothers was then subsequently shot with two taser shots and sadly died within an hour. Following an autopsy, his body was found to be full of steroids and PCP.
During the 80s and 90s, just about everyone knew Mike Matarazzo was, partly because the man was huge. His size and weight were a staggering 5’10 and 250 pounds. For about 10 years, he dominated in the IFBB bodybuilding circuit and was well regarded for his huge arms and calves. After placing 21st in the Mr. Olympia tournament, he was forced into early retirement and into open heart surgery. Matarazzo had two more heart attacks following surgery and his heart reduced to just 20% functioning before his untimely death at just 48.
In his hay day, Valentino had the largest biceps in the world but only because he used an oil called, Synthol. Synthol is highly discouraged in the bodybuilding world as it pumps your muscles up without putting in real work, and it’s extremely dangerous. Sadly Valentino would learn just how dangerous Synthol really was when his arm developed a dangerous and massive hematoma that started to leak. He actually tried to drain the growth himself with a syringe but instead he watched his bicep explode and he ended up in the emergency room.
Andreas Munzer looked like a sculpted G.I. Joe doll until his tragic and untimely death in 1996 when he was just 32 years old. Munzer cut his body fat percentage down to practically nothing, as it allows you to show off each individual muscle on your body, there is a limit to what your body fat percentage can go down to. He went well over this limit resulting in several tumors on his liver and his heart became enlarged.
Before Plitt turned to bodybuilding, he graduated from West Point, became a celebrated Ranger and Airborne soldier, and was naturally gorgeous. He turned many a head in the fitness world with his face and body plastered in numerous magazines and TV. Sadly though, Plitt died after being struck by a train while in California. Moreover, he was actually trying to race between the train rails in order to prove how effective an energy drink was.
Gordon Kimbrough was indeed a rather serious bodybuilding competitor but he relied heavily on anabolic steroids. The constant steroid abuse lead him to snap and kill his soon to be wife, Kristy Ramsay. Kimbrough claimed that she was cheating on him. The police found him at the scene trying to kill himself with a lethal injection, the police did stop him before he did anything, we just hope now he has at last found some peace.
In the ’90s and ’00s. Klein rose up in fame after receiving four NPC Heavyweight rankings, two NPC super heavyweight rankings, before he retired and became a trainer. Sadly his retirement wasn’t long lived when he suffered kidney failure at just the age of 30 and passed away shortly after.