Excerpts of this story from, “Customs reveals steroid abuse is skyrocketing”.Â Originally published news.au.comÂ on August 15h, 2011; and “‘Shattered': Body of bodybuilder ‘Zyzz’ Heading Home”,Â originallyÂ published in The SydneyÂ MorningÂ Herald on August 11th, 2011.Â
Online BodyBuilding Icon Dies of Undiagnosed Heart Defect
Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian, better known by his internet handle ofÂ “Zyzz”, was an ameatuer bodybuilding icon. He was a frequent contributer to online bodybuilding forums and posted numerous videos and “how-to’s”. In short, he was idolized by thousands across the globe.
Despite what achieving what many thought to be the perfect body, Zyzz claimed he had done so without steroids, as he stated after his brother had been arrested forÂ possessionÂ of steroids;
“”The article potrays me in a negative light, using my photo for what was an article predominately [sic] about anabolic steroids when I have never been charged, caught, or convicted with anything related to drug use.”
But when Mr. Shavershia died suddenly of cardiac arrest at only 22 years old due to an undiagnosed heart defect, red flags were raised. Despite Zyzz’s emphatic denials of steroid use, his employeer stated that;
“He was a good guy, aside from the steroids.”
Perhaps he was speaking of his ownÂ suspicions, but during the peak of Zyzz’s internet fame, his home country of Australlia was seeing tremendous spikes of steroid shipments. Austrailian customs seizures of steroids had more than doubled in only five years.
“Customs made 2695 seizures of steroids and growth hormones in the year to July 2010, a 155 per cent increase on the 1054 seizures made in 2004-05.”
There’s little doubt that Zyzz’s heavy influence pushed a lot of young men towards bodybuilding. Could Zyzz’s impact and the rise of steroid use in his home country be connected?Â As for Zyzz himself, anabolic steroids have long been linked to heart failure. If he had been using steroids, his heart was bound to suffer, potentially making his heart defect much more dangerous. We’ve looked further into Zyzz’s death, too.
We’ll probably never know what role (if any) steroids played in the icon’s death. But there are many other tales, including Taylor’s, that are directly linked to steroid use. For those considering using steroids, we encourage you to read Taylor’s StoryÂ and discover what happens to the rest of your body when you choose to persue big muscles with steroids. Building muscle is important in athletics, find out how to build muscle without steroids.