Taylor Hooton Foundation > Hoot’s Corner > General > THE EARLY DEATH OF “ZYZZ”: A RESULT OF STEROIDS?
November 20, 2014
Article originally posted at GetOffTheRoids. A few years ago, back when I was in high school, there lived the aesthetic phenomena that was called Zyzz. Zyzz, whose birth name was Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian, was celebrated across social media before dying at the young age of 22. At 22, he had over 60, 000 followers on Facebook, released a book, launched a clothing range and even developed a protein supplement whilst studying business and commerce at university. Oh – and an enormous bodybuilder. On the outside, Zyzz appeared to be fit and healthy, but beneath the tan, protruding abs, and overall chiseled physique, was a concoction of steroids, brewing in Zyzz’s young body. During 2011, Zyzz went on a holiday to Thailand – a popular destination for young Aussies, but also a hotspot for cheap drugs, including anabolic steroids. However, Zyzz’s planned month-long holiday was cut short. On August 5, Zyzz died from an undiagnosed hearth condition that resulted in Zyzz dying almost instantly from cardiac arrest. In an article by the Daily Telegraph, Zyzz’s mother reported that “sometimes he would have high blood pressure”. High blood pressure is a common side effect from anabolic steroid use (Iliades, 2009), which it is claimed Zyzz actively abused. In a video posted by DovyvsMike, Zyzz’s brother, Said, talks about how he noticed his younger brother, Zyzz, was becoming increasingly muscly after high school. Zyzz never admitted to using steroids, although in the video Said says he remembers how one day, he walked into Zyzz’s room to find him being injected with steroids. At that point, he said that Zyzz introduced him to steroids and he also began abusing it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb9wIuoy8mY A few weeks before Zyzz’s death, Said, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, “He was found in possession of an anabolic steroid and pleaded guilty to the charge last week. Said Shavershian, a personal trainer at Fitness First, was fined $479”. Nevertheless, whilst on holiday in Bangkok, Zyzz was found unconscious in a sauna. Soon after, he was pronounced dead. Zyzz’s story is a tragic and ill-fated story. His story still continues to be told, often as a precautionary tale, warning aspiring body builders of the dangers of steroid use. If anything, Zyzz’s death was an awakening for many men and helped them get off the roids. http://getofftheroids.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/the-early-death-of-zyzz-a-result-of-steroids/