Bodybuilder Tragically Dies After Backflip Goes Wrong
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Tragic news has rocked the fighting world, after a bodybuilder, who was initially ridiculed for his botched backflip attempt, has died from the injuries sustained during the stunt.
Sifiso Lungelo Thabete’s attempt to entertain the crowd as he entered the arena went horribly wrong when he didn’t rotate far enough and landed on his head, breaking his neck.
The incident was caught on camera, and shows the jump, as well as people rushing over to come to his aid.
Thabete is seen rolling around after the backflip attempt and looks, though visibly injured, to be okay. It has been reported that he passed away shortly after from the injuries sustained during the flip.
Vision of the accident (which can be seen in the video player above) went viral on the internet before the severity of the damage was made public.
MMA fighters have shared the video in a bid to warn other sportsmen and women of the potential risks and danger associated with performing stunts.
South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by the news of Thabete’s death.
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A little reminder... Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMr— Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017
Our thoughts are prayers are with his family and friends during this time.