3. Chad Brothers
At 32, Chad Brothers, a construction worker studying to be an engineer in his spare time, went on a rampage during an otherwise normal workout. He jumped or possibly fell off an elliptical machine, sparking tantrum for the ages. He punched another man using an elliptical, pushed over a few weight machines, destroyed a display case, and started throwing 45-pound dumbbells around. With a 230-pound man behaving like Godzilla, police Tasered him. In fact, they Tasered him several times, and once he grabbed the Taser and shocked himself. When he was finally restrained, Brothers went into cardiac arrest, and died at the hospital. A toxicology report found steroids and PCP in his system, among other drugs.
4. Gregg Valentino
Sometimes referred to as “The Most Hated Man in Bodybuilding” or “The Man Whose Arms Exploded”, Gregg Valentino earned his reputation with a series of poor decisions that led to worse problems than finding shirts he can wear. Sure, he’s done steroids—he’s even done time for distributing steroids—but it’s his biceps that make him hated in bodybuilding circles. Artificially inflated with a mix of drugs and oil, they’re basically an attention-grabbing freak show that gives the general public a skewed idea of what bodybuilding’s all about. However, most people know him for his exploding arms. Turns out injected oil and drugs directly into your biceps provides many opportunities for infections, and Valentino caught one. When pus built up in the infection, rather than seeking medical attention, Valentino opted to try cutting it out himself and filming the process. It should come as no surprise that he ended up in the hospital, and the subject of the TLC documentary, “The Man Whose Arms Exploded“.
5. Gary Himing
Australian bodybuilder Gary Himing tragically died after suffering a heart attack on stage while competing in the 2009 IFBB event in Victoria, Australia. The competition continued after first responders removed his body from the stage.
6. Anthony D’Arezzo
After years of competition when he was younger, Anthony D’Arezzo tried to make a comeback at age 44. Although he’d been warned by doctors that he had congenital heart disease and that steroid use would put him at serious risk, D’Arezzo persisted, saying “I would rather die on a bodybuilding stage than rot away in a hospital bed in old age.” He almost got his wish, but didn’t quite make it to the stage; instead, he had a heart attack in his hotel room the night before a competition in Pittsburgh and died. His heart was almost three times the size of a normal man’s and half as efficient.