Former Bodybuilder Nasser El Sonbaty dies at 47

Former Bodybuilder Nasser El Sonbaty dies at 47

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Mar 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM PDT
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Nasser El Sonbaty, the former IFBB Pro Bodybuilder died on Wednesday, March 20. He was 47.

Sonbaty, placed 2nd in the 1997 Mr. Olympia -- his highest achievement in his long storied bodybuilding career. He started competing in professional bodybuilding in 1990 Grand Prix in France which he placed 7th. Nasser's hardwork and dedication paved him an impressive career competing to almost 53 IFBB professional shows that ended his last competition at 2005 Europa Supershow which he finished 14th.

But his active years in the nineties were always overshadowed by Flex Wheeler and Ronnie Coleman who also in the prime of their career. At the 1998 Arnold Classic he finished second to Wheeler while in the Mr. Olympia that year he ended up third to Wheeler and Coleman.

Peter McGough of described Nasser, " I found him to be a thoughtful and well-educated individual; he had graduated from the University of Augsburg, Germany in 1992 with degrees in History, Political Science and Sociology. He was unafraid to laugh at himself and the “crazy world” of bodybuilding he inhabited. In fact most of the time the conversations would be non-bodybuilding."

Sonbaty once tested positive of steroid at the 1996 Mr. Olympia staged in Chicago, but he bounce back the following year when he placed 2nd in 1997 Mr. Olympia and won first place in 1999 Arnold Classic.

Sonbaty was born in Germany with an Egyptian father and Serbian mother, but choose to reside in California during his post bodybuilding career. The death of "Huge Nasser" was confirmed by various bodybuilding magazines such as Mascular Development and FLEX. Although the reason of Sonbaty early death is not yet confirmed, rumors have been circulating that he died of a kidney infection.

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