March 28, 2013
Nasser El Sonbaty
nasser 2.jpg Over the weekend, news started to circulated among members of the bodybuilding community that another life had been prematurely cut short. Nasser El Sonbaty died last week; presumably of kidney failure that began as an aggressive and persistent kidney infection. Matt Duvall had died just a week earlier while Joe Weider’s death was verified yesterday. Joe Weider and Robert Kennedy were the 2 key figures most responsible for the commercialization of steroids, bodybuilding magazines, international bodybuilding shows, and the explosive muscle supplement industry. On the day of his death, Nasser was only 47 years old; residing in America  though his middle-class upbringing has roots in Germany where he received his undergraduate degree in sociology/political science from Augsburg University. However, Germany’s broad acceptance of performance enhancing drugs provided a suitable environment for Nasser to pursue steroid use and ultimately a bodybuilding career in 1983. Merely 2 years later, he’d entered his first competition which resulted in a respectable 6th place ranking. In 1994, Nasser El Sonbaty made his first ever appearance at the Mr. Olympia contest (considered to be the pinnacle of bodybuilding contests) where he came in 7th place. Nasser’s fans often claimed that his poor rankings were unfair when contrasted against other competitors like countryman Dorian Yates and American Ronnie Coleman. Together, these bodybuilders were redefining the human physique to be more box-like with less emphasis on tapered lines and contour. The passage of time made Nasser less competitive and his offseason weight was well above 300 pounds - reduced to average 280 pounds during competition. Nasser resigned himself from bodybuilding competitions and his earnings were primarily generated from product sponsorships, guest posing engagements, and other activities on web forums. In fact, the anonymity of bodybuilding forums was a preferred way for Nasser to vent his frustrations while offering tips for steroid use under the ‘GH15′ username.  Nasser smile.jpg We at struggle to find variables of this case that would distinguish Nasser El Sonbaty’s death from other bodybuilders who’ve gone before him. The very fact that there was a list of irregular deaths in the 1980s, linked to steroid use, should have raised red flags that would have either curtailed or terminated his steroid use. Nasser’s college education provided every opportunity to learn about the perils of steroid/HGH use prior to his 1983 ambitions. The only appreciable difference is the fact that there is no stigma against steroid use in Germany as well as other European nations. In fact, large pharmaceutical companies including Searle are allowed to manufacture vast quantities of steroids knowing that (a) their output far exceeds demand associated by consumers who have legitimate medical needs and (b) their product is openly consumed or redistributed throughout the global steroid market. Generous words of respect were offered by members of several bodybuilding message boards including and We at found it humorous but profoundly irritating that members would attribute Nasser’s ultimate demise simply to body size and diet! Confrontations even emerged between web fans of the same forum about hypothetical causes of Nasser’s death. Nonetheless, most views carefully avoided the “S” word â€" STEROIDS, STERoids, Steroids, steroids. To both the ordinary gym rat and hulking ‘Juice Head’ (who is stacking 5 different PEDs), the notion of steroid use as being a potential cause of a bodybuilder’s death would be expected. It is completely illogical and statistically impossible for a body of web members to tip toe around this issue of steroids by only contemplating diet, body size, space aliens, or fairy dust! We are becoming quite tired of these senseless and premature steroid deaths. Nasser’s death immediately followed the death of Matt Duval. Matt Duval was another bodybuilder with too much body weight relative to his vertically-challenged frame. Unlike Nasser, Matt didn’t achieve the same level of notoriety with competitions limited to amateur Junior National competitions and ad hoc guest posing appearances. We offer no kind words to describe either Matt Duval or Nasser El Sonbaty following such horrible deaths. In his absence, Nasser adversely affected the lives of family members, American & German friends, and a global fan base. The enormity of their structures was influential to young generations determined to initiate steroid cycles even though they would become too addicted to observe Nasser’s final outcome and deviate from their destructive behavior. For these reasons, we offer no ‘Rest In Peace’ sentiments. Rather, we say “It Is What It Is”. Author:  Administrator