Bodybuilder dies after stunt goes terribly wrong (warning: graphic video)

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A bodybuilder who botched an attempted backflip at a competition has reportedly died due to the severity of the injuries he suffered from the failed stunt.

In an effort to entertain the crowd, Sifiso Lungelo Thabete tried to perform a backflip but failed when he didn’t rotate far enough and landed directly on his head, breaking his neck.

Thabete, who is originally from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, dashed into the middle of the mat and jumped into the backflip before hitting his head on the ground. Thabete lay immobile on his side before rolling onto his back.

The incident was caught on camera and shows one man trying to help the athlete lift his legs up before several others joined in the effort. Initially, the footage went viral on the internet before the seriousness of the damage was made public.

South African bodybuilding magazine, Muscle Evolution said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by the news of Thabete’s death. The magazine reports he was an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) junior world champion in the up-to 75kg category and recently won an event at the IFBB Muscle Mulisha Grand Prix in July.

Thabete came first in the under-23, over 165 pounds (75kg) division of the competition held in Johannesburg, where he successfully performed a backflip during his routine.

Thabete also finished runner-up in the division for senior men up to and including 176 pounds (80kg).

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