‘Brazilian Hulk’ bodybuilder Valdir Segato dies aged 55

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The TikTok star from São Paulo was inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and He-Man



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Valdir Segato was known as the Brazilian Hulk (Images: TikTok/Valdir Synthol Official)

A Brazilian bodybuilder who has been compared to the Hulk has died on his 55th birthday.

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But how exactly did he die – and why did he inject himself with an oily chemical?

Who was Valdir Segato?

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‘Brazilian Hulk’ Valdir Segato frequently posted videos of himself on TikTok (Image: TikTok/Valdir Synthol Official)

Valdir Segato, 55, was a bodybuilder from Brazil.

Originally from São Paulo, he lived in Ribeirao Preto – a city in the wider state of São Paulo.

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The bodybuilder’s teenage years were reportedly plagued by drug addiction that made him so skinny he was nicknamed “skinny dog.”

In addition to being a local celebrity due to his 23-inch biceps, Segato was also a huge TikTok star who became known as the “Brazilian Hulk.”

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Valdir Segato said he was inspired by bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The bodybuilder said he modeled himself on the physiques of Arnold Schwarzenegger and He-Man.

Despite his large international following, Segato was reported to lead a reclusive life, having few close friends or relatives.

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How did the Brazilian Hulk die?

Valdir Segato was celebrating his 55th birthday on July 26, 2022 when he died.

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“He crawled through the back building and came forward,” Globo quoted Segato’s neighbors – Moisés da Conceição da Silva – as saying.

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“Then he knocked on my mother’s window — knocked, knocked — then she woke up and he said, ‘Help me, help me, because I’m dying.’

“They put him in the car and then went to the UPA [North Emergency Care Unit – a local hospital].

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“He arrived at UPA and fell in reception – I think he had a heart attack.”

According to reports reported by Globo, the influencer had had previous bouts of illness.

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His neighbor said Segato suffered symptoms similar to those just before his death for a few months before his death, including shortness of breath and wheezing.

Why did the Brazilian Hulk die?

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Although no official cause of death has been given, Valdir Segato is believed to have died as a result of complications arising from his use of a steroid alternative.

The bodybuilder injected himself with a substance called synthol, a mixture of oils, sterilizing alcohol, and the pain reliever lidocaine.

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However, it also has side effects, including muscle deformity, nerve damage, heart problems, stroke, and weakened immunity.

According to the Daily MailSegato began using the substance after offering it at a gym while recovering from his drug addiction.

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Despite being warned that his synthol use might force doctors to amputate his limbs, Segato continued to inject himself with it and aimed to have a biceps diameter of 27 inches.

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