Bodybuilder Valdir Segato, known online as the “Brazilian Hulk” for artificially bulking up his muscles using a synthetic oil called synthol, has died aged 55.
According to reports, Segato had been using synthol for over five years and had enlarged his biceps from 12 to 23 inches during that time through the use of the oil, which is injected directly into muscle tissue, while doing the same. with his pecs. and back muscles.
According to reports, Segato died on July 27, his 55th birthday.
His gigantic (but somewhat fraudulent) frame had gained notoriety online, and he has indicated in interviews that he was inspired to modify his body due to his fandom of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the fictional Marvel character, the Incredible Hulk.
The oil does not provide any additional resistance to its user and has only a cosmetic purpose.
However, synthol use comes with several potential health issues, including a significantly increased risk of strokes and infections which in some cases have led to amputations for synthol users.
But speaking in 2016, Segato indicated he felt the risk was worth it.
“They call me Hulk, Schwarzenegger and He-Man all the time and I like it. I doubled my biceps but I still want to be bigger“, he told the Daily Mail.
He had been warned of the potential negative impact on his health for several years, with doctors saying he risked muscle disfigurement and severe nerve damage if he continued to self-administer injections of synthol.
Segato, however, has embraced the notoriety he has received online. He called himself “Valdir Synthol” on the social media platform Instagram and gained more than 1.7 million followers on Tik Tok where he posted short videos with a huge figure.
However, in contrast, it is believed that he lived a solitary life outside of social media and was rarely visited by friends.
Brazilian outlet Globo reported that Segato complained of shortness of breath on the day of his death.
“It was around 6 am, more or less. He came crawling through the back house and came to the front. Then he knocked on my mother’s window, knocked, knocked, then she woke up and he said ‘Help me, help me because I’m dyingsaid a neighbor quoted by Globo.
He appeared to be suffering from a heart attack shortly after arriving at a hospital reception.
But according to one of Segato’s friends, Fernando Carvalho da Silva, he was aware of the danger he was in.
“It’s the risk he takes“, Da Silva previously said. “He wants to look good and wants to be famous.”
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