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June 5, 2015
Former champion bodybuilder 'Mr Big' Justin Rys dies at 38 years old
Justin Rys in his heyday, competing in a bodybuilding competition at 1999, the same year he won the Mr New Zealand title.
Justin Rys in his heyday, competing in a bodybuilding competition at 1999, the same year he won the Mr New Zealand title
Former New Zealand champion body builder Justin Rys lived fast, got clean, but still died young. Justin Rys, 38, of Waikanae, died peacefully at home on Thursday afternoon, fiancee Ashley West said. It is not yet known what killed Rys, a former Wellington drugs kingpin who turned his life around after a stint in prison for dealing $2.1 million in Fantasy, and became a prominent campaigner against steroid abuse. Rys had previously said doctors struggled to pinpoint a diagnosis for his declining health. In the days before his death, he posted on Facebook about heart transplants and stem cell treatment. His death comes two months after the death of another former bodybuilder, Priscilla Freeman, of Christchurch. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/69128441/former-champion-bodybuilder-mr-big-justin-rys-dies.html