At the age of 55, the Brazilian bodybuilder Valdir Segato, better known on social media as the ‘Brazilian Hulk’, died on the same day as his birthday due to cardiac arrest due to injecting synthol, a substance that helps increase the muscle volume.
According to local media reports, Segato began to have difficulty breathing when they celebrated his birth at his home located in Ribeirao Preto, a municipality in the interior of Sao Paulo, and was then rushed by his relatives to a medical center in the town where unfortunately he died.
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The man had become popular for his figure, which he did not achieve through physical work, but for a long time he injected himself with synthol to increase the volume of his muscles, a substance that, according to the British media BBC News Mundo, is used by various bodybuilders to shape their muscles, but which in turn is dangerous if its use is not measured.
The bodybuilder died at the age of 55 from cardiac arrest. Photo: Composition LR/Instagram/valdirsegato.oficial.
“Synthol, or also called syntherol, is a mixture of oil (85% medium chain triglycerides or MCT), lidocaine (7.5% local anesthetic) and benzyl alcohol (7.5%) that is injected directly into the muscle (…). It acts like an implant, causing an immediate increase in volume,” said César Kálazich, an expert in sports medicine at the MEDS Clinic.
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Despite the warnings that the specialists told him, such as amputation, nerve damage or even muscle disfigurement, Segato continued to apply this substance daily, which harmed his body.
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