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Bodybuilder's Last Words to GF: 'I Love You. Goodbye.'

Dallas McCarver, aka 'Big Country,' has died at 26, apparently from choking on food

(Newser) - Champion bodybuilder Dallas "Big Country" McCarver is dead after apparently choking on food, TMZ reports. A friend found the 26-year-old unconscious at his Florida home just after midnight on Tuesday, per McCarver's girlfriend, the WWE star Dana Brooke. She says she spoke to McCarver shortly before he died... More »

Bodybuilder Dies After Collapsing During Haircut

Cause of death for Rich Piana, 46, not yet clear

(Newser) - Another bodybuilder has suffered an untimely death, just days after Dallas McCarver apparently choked to death at 26 . Rich Piana, 46, collapsed while his girlfriend was cutting his hair at his Florida apartment Aug. 7. He was rushed to a hospital and placed into a medically induced coma, but never... More »

Protein 'Overdose' Contributed to Woman's Untimely Death

The bodybuilder was unaware her body couldn't process that much protein

(Newser) - An Australian woman who appeared to be in great shape suddenly died at age 25—and doctors say protein supplements contributed to her death. Meegan Hefford, a bodybuilder, had been complaining since early June about feeling "weird" and lethargic. On June 19, she was found unconscious in her apartment;... More »

Man With Down Syndrome Lives Bodybuilding Dream

Collin Clark trained for year, lost 60 pounds for first competition

(Newser) - When Collin Clark first spotted bodybuilder Glenn Ubelhor prepping for a competition, the young man was working the desk at an Indiana gym. The next thing he knew, the two had become friends—and he was training alongside him, WFIE reports. Now, a year later, the 22-year-old Evansville man with... More »

Bodybuilding Pioneer Joe Weider Dead at 93

Fitness icon brought Schwarzenegger to America

(Newser) - Joe Weider, a bodybuilding enthusiast who built a publishing empire and brought Arnold Schwarzenegger to Hollywood, died yesterday of heart failure, the LA Times reports. He was 93. Born in Montreal, Weider pumped weights at a young age to protect himself from neighborhood bullies. He started his own bodybuilding magazine... More »

Schwarzenegger's New Gig: Editor of Muscle Mags

Former Mr. Olympia returns to world of bodybuilding

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger's post-politics world is expanding from action films to magazines. The former Mr. Olympia will be the new executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex, reports the Hollywood Reporter . True Arnold aficionados will recall that he took the same post in 2003 just after being elected governor,... More »

Former Mr Universe Turns 100, Credits Positivity

1952 Mr. Universe winner credits happy living for longevity

(Newser) - India's former Mr. Universe Manohar Aich turned 100 today, nearly 60 years after he won the bodybuilding award, reports the AP . Born in Bengal province, Aich had to overcome extreme poverty to become the bodybuilding champion. He joined the Royal air force in 1942, which is where he discovered... More »

Bodybuilders Warned About Kidney Damage

Steroids, muscle mass cause damage that forces some to retire in 30s

(Newser) - Kidney damage is proving to be a sometimes fatal weakness for many in the world of competitive bodybuilding. Long-term steroid use is believed to be the main cause, but doctors also blame a training regimen that can wreak havoc on the body. The increased muscle mass of bodybuilders can put... More »

FDA Warns Against Steroid-Laced Supplements

(Newser) - The FDA has issued a serious warning urging consumers to steer clear of bodybuilding supplements advertised as containing steroid-like substances, the Los Angeles Times reports. The products are unapproved drugs, not dietary supplements as claimed, and adverse effects include kidney failure and major liver damage, officials warn. More »

Post-Saddam, Bodybuilders Let 'Er Ripple

Pumping iron is hugely popular among Iraqis, despite dangers

(Newser) - Iraqi bodybuilders have long needed nerves of steel to pump iron. Under Saddam, only officially connected Iraqis could join gyms, and the average weightlifter was forced to use makeshift equipment. But after Saddam, a flood of Iraqis seeking lucrative security jobs hit the gyms. The result? Extremists began targeting bulging... More »

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