Bodybuilder Gustavo "The Freakin' Rican" Badell Dies at 50

Bodybuilder Gustavo "The Freakin' Rican" Badell has died at the age of 50. Badell was a two-time Mr. Olympia finalist and is considered one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. His death is a great loss to the bodybuilding community.

Jul 15, 2023 - 17:16
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Bodybuilder Gustavo "The Freakin' Rican" Badell Dies at 50
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Bodybuilder Gustavo "The Freakin' Rican" Badell, who twice finished third in the prestigious Mr. Olympia competition, has sadly died at the age of 50.

Bodybuilding Career

Badell started his bodybuilding career when he was 19 and won his first competition in 1991 at the Junior Caribbean Bodybuilding Championship. He went on to compete in many huge competitions, including the Atlantic City Pro, which he won, the Ironman Pro, Arnold Classic, and the World Pro Championships.

His most iconic moments came in 2004 and 2005 when he finished third at Mr. Olympia, right behind bodybuilding G.O.A.T.'s Ronnie Coleman (8 consecutive Olympia titles) and Jay Cutler (won 4 Olympias).

Retirement and Legacy

After retiring in 2012, Badell continued to stay in shape and was still involved in the fitness community, often interacting with fans online. He was a role model for many aspiring bodybuilders and his death is a great loss to the bodybuilding community.

Tributes from Fans and Friends

Hundreds of fans paid tribute to Badell on social media, with many calling him a "legend" and a "true inspiration." Fellow bodybuilder Eddie Abbew said, "Gustavo was ten years younger than me. It is always sad when a young person is taken away long before their time. Rest in peace Gustavo and know that you will be missed."

Gustavo Badell was a true legend in the bodybuilding world. He was a gifted athlete who achieved great success in his career. He will be remembered for his passion for bodybuilding and his positive impact on the lives of so many people.

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