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Fitness influencer dies at 33 after 450-lb. barbell falls on his neck

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jul 23, 2023 12:17 pm

A 33-year-old bodybuilder passed away after a 450-lb. barbell hit his neck during training. 

According to E! News, Justyn Vicky was in the middle of doing squat presses with a spotter when the weight fell on his neck. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, but he was declared dead later on. 

His gym confirmed his death in an Instagram post, describing the Indonesian man as a “beacon of inspiration, motivation, and unwavering support.” 

“His infectious energy and genuine passion for helping others transform their lives touched us deeply. Through countless workouts, words of encouragement, and compassionate guidance, he became an irreplaceable part of our fitness journeys and our gym family,” Paradise Bali said. 

The gym looked back on how every session with the fitness enthusiast “felt like much more than just exercise.” 

“He created a nurturing environment where we felt safe to challenge ourselves, both physically and mentally. His belief in our potential pushed us beyond our limits, empowering us to discover newfound strength and resilience within ourselves,” it added.

Justyn had gained over 30,000 followers on Instagram. E! News reported that he became famous online as a nutrition and weight-loss coach, sharing his health and fitness tips on his social media pages.