Popular bodybuilder Gustavo Badell breathed his last on July 13, as per Sportskeeda. The Venezuelan-born athlete was only 50 years old. The reason causing his death has not been announced as yet. Reportedly, Badell was suffering from kidney problems.
Owner and CEO of Eddie Abbew’s Olympian Gym, Edward Abbew posted a couple of pics on social media and wrote that one of them was taken way back in 2007 in Florence, Italy.
“I got to spend a weekend with Gustavo Badell. We had a great laugh. We did a seminar together answering questions from the crowd. The crowd also watched us train together. He was very strong and put me to shame,” he also wrote.
“I woke up this morning to information that Gustavo has passed away. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Gustavo was ten years younger than me. It is always sad when a young person is taken away long before their time,” he continued.
Muscle Insider also posted a tribute and hailed Badell as someone who inspired others.
Badell took part in several bodybuilding.
Born on November 3, 1972, Badell went in pursuit of his passion right from an early age. After lifting weights, at 19 he was in the best shape to compete.
In 1991, he took part in the Junior Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships. After his win at the 1997 Caribbean Championships, he was able to turn professional and took part in the IFBB Amateur World Championships. After that, he kept on competing in different events.
He came 14th in the International Federation of Bodybuilders Night of Champions and first in the Ironman Pro Invitational in 2005. He also took part in the San Francisco Pro Invitational a year later and ended up winning.
Badell also won the Atlantic City Pro in 2009. He later retired but still kept himself fit.
Badell was active on Instagram and had roughly 37,000 followers. His YouTube channel had 113 subscribers. But for the last five years, it was not active.