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    Weightlifters who died young

    Informational and kind of memorial thread for WLers who died "young". Which is of course relative but in general I would say under 60.

    Please post lifters I've forgot or provide additional information if you have any.

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    Alexander Pervy, URS
    Olympic and World medalist
    24 (1960-1985)
    Heart attack (underlying cardiovascular issue likely worsened by alcoholism)




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    Vladimir Kanygin, URS
    World champion
    41 (1948-1990)
    unknown




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    Aleksandr Voronin, URS
    Olympic and World champion
    41 (1951-1992)
    Falling accident (apparently fell from a neighbor's balcony trying to reach his own)




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    Milen Dobrev, BUL
    Olympic and World champion
    35 (1980-2015)
    Heart attack (autopsy showed hypertension medication, alcohol and steroids)




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    Soraya Jimenez, MEX
    Olympic champion
    35 (1977-2013)
    Heart attack (reported to have a weak immune system and only one functioning lung)


    Last edited by erpel; 06-30-2017 at 01:04 PM.

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    Altimurat Orazdurdiev, URS/TKM
    World champion
    27 (1969-1997)
    Kidney failure




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    Cai Li, CHN
    Asian Games champion
    32 (1970-2003)
    Respiratory failure/pulmonary infection (suffered from sleep apnea and other obesity related illnesses)




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    Siarhei Lahun, BLR
    World medalist
    22 (1988-2011)
    Car accident




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    Evgeny Sypko, URS
    European medalist
    53 (1963-2017)
    unknown




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    Hristo Plachkov, BUL
    World medalist
    56 (1953-2009)
    unknown


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    Khachatur Kyapanaktsyan, ARM
    European champion
    39 (1968-2007)
    Car accident




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    Peter Baczako, HUN
    Olympic champion
    56 (1951-2008)
    Cancer




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    Sultan Rakhmanov, URS
    Olympic and World champion
    52 (1950-2003)
    Heart attack (Pisarenko who visited him reported of his poor health later in life, Rakhmanov's weight being over 200kg)




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    Jacek Gutowski, POL
    World medalist
    36 (1960-1996)
    unknown




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    Istvan Messzi, HUN
    Olympic medalist
    29 (1961-1991)
    Car accident


    Last edited by erpel; 06-30-2017 at 12:59 PM.

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    Waldemar Malak, POL
    Olympic medalist
    22 (1970-1992)
    Car accident




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    Viktor Mosibit, URS
    set a snatch WR
    38 (1960-1998)
    unknown




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    Anatoly Khrapaty, URS/KAZ
    Olympic and World champion
    45 (1962-2008)
    Motorcycle accident




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    Kim Byung Chan, KOR
    Asian Games champion and World medalist
    44 (1970-2015)
    Gastrointestinal bleeding (at age 26 he suffered a motorcycle accident which left him paralyzed)


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    I believe Reding was 33 when he died as well.

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    Yes, thanks.

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    Serge Reding, BEL
    Olympic and World medalist
    33 (1941-1975)
    Heart attack/suicide (disputed)




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    Mikhail Petrov, BUL
    World champion
    28 (1965-1993)
    Did not wake from anesthesia after surgery




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    Aleksandr Kurynov, URS
    Olympic and World champion
    39 (1934-1973)
    Kidney failure




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    Trofim Lomakin, URS
    Olympic and World champion
    48 (1924-1973)
    Falling accident/murder (disputed)




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    Evgeny Novikov, URS
    European champion
    49 (1924-1973)
    unknown


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    Christian Lopez (Guatemala) died on his return from 2013 worlds; pneumonia

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    Gerard Gratton CANADA Olympic silver medalist 1952; 35 yrs old car accident

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    Marouan Ouertani (-62kg, Tunisia) who passed away just a few days after competing in the 2014 Junior Worlds going 5/6 and making 121/154/275 and finishing in 3rd. He was just 19 and tragically drowned upon returning home to Tunisia.

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    Thanks to you two.

    Gerard Gratton, CAN
    Picture of him (1927-1963):



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    Marouan Ouertani, TUN
    Picture of him (1995-2014):



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    Jaroslaw Daniluk, POL
    National medalist
    20 (1996-2016)
    Suicide (suspected)




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    Pawel Ziolkowski, POL
    European junior medalist
    44 (1973-2017)
    Heart attack




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    Roman Klis, POL
    European U23 medalist
    29 (1988-2017)
    Motorcycle accident


    Last edited by erpel; 07-01-2017 at 08:47 AM.

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