South African bodybuilder dies after back-flip

Pauline Gross
August 14, 2017

A South African bodybuilding champion lost his life after a botched backflip during a competition over the weekend.

A bodybuilder who broke his neck after an attempted back flip has reportedly died. He was motionless on his side for a while before rolling onto his back.

Sifiso Lungelo Thabete died after landing on his head in front of crowd that was horrified with the incident.

Anxious officials raced toward the former junior world champion as he remained motionless, but it seemed too late.

The bodybuilding world is also still reeling from the shock at the news of the death of IFBB Western Province official and former Ladies Bikini competitor Michelle O' Shea in a tragic vehicle accident last week.

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Recently, South African bodybuilding champion Sifiso Lungelo Thabethe passed away during a bodybuilding event in his hometown. However, he didn't fully rotate and he landed on his head.

The bodybuilder was trying to entertain crowds by performing his trademark move of a backflip while warming up in South Africa.

"He impressed the crowd and the judges with unbelievable muscle size and maturity beyond his age", it added.

The man's death has led to family members asking that video of his death not be shared on social media, with some commentators commiserating with the loss, while others expressed disbelief that the muscle builder could fall prey to a "stupid stunt".

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