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Bodybuilder breaks neck, dies after botched back flip

Saturday 12-08-2017 - 03:02 PM
Tragic: Young Durban
Tragic: Young Durban bodybuilder dies in freak accident
KwaZulu-Natal, [South Africa] - A bodybuilder who broke his neck after an attempted back flip has reportedly died.

In a video that's gone viral, South African bodybuilder Sifiso Lungelo Thabethe is seen entering a gymnasium and walking to a gym mat while whipping up the crowd to get them cheering.

The 23-year-old competitor then ran to the middle of the mat and jumped in the air to attempt the back flip.

However, his body never gained enough momentum to rotate and Thabethe landed on the back of his head. His body then rolled over and the man laid motionless on the mat before several people rushed to help.

According to the U.K. Mirror, Thabethe broke his neck and later died of his injuries.

The incident took place this past Saturday during a local bodybuilding event in Thabethe's hometown of Emlazi.

According to Muscle Evolution magazine, Thabethe was an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) junior world champion in the up to 75kg category. He most recently won the IFBB Muscle Mulisha Grand Prix competition in July in the under-23, 75kg division.

WARNING: Graphic video

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