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September 24, 2015
Andrej Gajdos: 19 year old steroid-user dies – "family in steroid plea after tragic teenager's death"
  Gym fanatic who stood 7ft 2in tall died 'after steroids swelled heart by more than 50 per cent' The family of a fanatical teenage bodybuilder who died when a major artery burst in his chest today warned others about the dangers of steroid abuse. Man-mountain Andrej Gajdos, 19, who was 7ft 2ins, worked out twice a day and weighed 19 stone when he died. He started going to the gym as a shy, skinny 16-year-old, but quickly became a fitness fanatic who dreamed of becoming a world-class wrestler like The Rock. Andrej became hooked on pumping iron – tackling weights up to 400kg – ate mountains of food and began taking steroids to grow into a powerhouse of lean muscle. But his steroid drug abuse enlarged his organs and Andrej’s heart was 50 per cent bigger than the average, an inquest heard. He collapsed outside a supermarket and died instantly when his thoracic aorta – the section of the main artery which runs through he chest – ruptured. Four different types of steroid were found at his flat in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and he had traces of the drug along with testosterone in his body when he died. Andrej’s sister Nikola Gajdosova, 28, who is from Slovakia, said: “Lifting 400kg is not normal for anybody. He would lift very heavy weights and it was not normal. “I used to go to the gym with him and he was there very regularly. “It is normal for a young person to go to the gym and push themselves, but I guess Andrej was impatient. “The doctors said he was taking steroids for a few years. He was still a child. His muscles were still developing. It was not right. It shouldn’t have happened.”   Nikola said Andrej was not like other children when he was growing up, said he and often stayed in playing on his computer while his friends went out drinking. But when he started going to the gym he became popular, with other boys asking him for fitness tips and complimenting him on his huge muscles. Nikola said her brother did not have an unhealthy obsession, but idolised celebrity bodybuilders like The Rock and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “He was always very skinny and tall when he was younger, and if you are extremely tall you always get kids being cruel,” said Nikola, who is an area manager for British Heart Foundation. “It was only the last year or two that he got really big. His step-father has always done body-building so maybe he was inspired by him. “On YouTube you can see all these strong men pushing massive weights. He wanted to be famous for doing that. “He started going to the gym like normal, a couple of days per week. And then it was his life – he didn’t have anything else. “He became completely dedicated to the gym. He was there all the time. “He wanted to be a body builder and to become a body builder you have got to look a certain way and you have got to work really hard. “It is like being a model. To be a model you have got to look a certain way. He wasn’t very confident in his face, but he was in his body. “He just wanted to be like one of the celebrities – that was his dream. He wanted to be a WWA champion. “Everybody wanted to be like him because of his size. He got so much attention for it – it kept him going.” Dr John Oxley, the consultant who carried out Andrej’s post-mortem, told Avon Coroner’s Court that he had “never met a man so big”. He said: “Andrej’s heart weighed 680g, and a normal heart is between 400 and 500g. He wasn’t a normal man. “His history of bulking out at the gym made me suspect he had been taking steroids for a long time – his upper-body muscles were enormous. “Steroids would have enlarged his heart, and having a big heart predisposes thoracic rupture.” He said he could not be sure whether Andrej’s steroid use had been the direct cause of his death, or why he had such large organs. He said he suspected the teenager suffered with acromegaly, a disorder caused by excess production of growth hormones, but this was never confirmed. A coroner said the most likely cause of his death was genetic, but refused to record a verdict of natural causes. Nikola said she was never aware of her brother’s steroid use – and said she would have tried to stop him using them if she had known. She said: “For somebody’s heart to pop like that is not normal. It has got to have a lot of strain on it. “Young people should never take steroids when their muscles are still developing. “You have got to be a fully grown adult to be able to cope with such a pressure on your body. “If you told a teenager not to take steroids they would still do it, but you can see what happened to Andrej.” Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Family-steroid-plea-tragic-teenagers-death/story-27861347-detail/story.html#ixzz3mf9WLKGq Follow us: @WMNNews on Twitter | westernmorningnews on Facebook