Friday, March 30, 2012

Andreas Münzer Austrian Professional Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Andreas Münzer

Andreas Münzer


About Andreas Münzer : Andreas Munzer (October 25, 1964 – March 14, 1996) was an Austrian professional bodybuilder renowned for his extremely low bodyfat levels and early death.

Munzer appeared in Flex twice and Muscle Magazine International once. Munzer was an admirer of fellow Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Munzer attempted to imitate Schwarzenegger, eventually meeting his hero at the Arnold Classic competition in 1996. While competing, he used a variety of ergogenic aids including large amounts of potassium-sparing diuretics, possibly leading to his death in 1996.

Andreas Münzer Bodybuilder


After months of stomach pain, Munzer was admitted to hospital on the morning of March 12. By 7pm, doctors had decided to operate to stop bleeding from his stomach, but shortly afterwards his liver and then kidneys failed.

His condition by this point was too severe for a blood transfusion—he died on the morning of March 14, aged 31. The autopsy gave the cause of death as dystrophic multiple-organ-failure.

Some of the specific autopsy findings:

  - An extremely muscular physique, with an almost complete absence of subcutaneous fat

  - Affecting the liver were numerous table-tennis-ball-sized tumors, typical for doping; half the liver consisted simply of a crumbly mass, similar to polystyrene (Styrofoam)

 - Diminutive testes

 - Cardiac hypertrophy (Munzer's heart weighed 636g; a normal man's heart usually weighs 300–350g)

Munzer's electrolytes were also completely out of balance, and his potassium levels were extremely high.

Traces of about twenty different drugs were found, along with acute toxicity (perhaps caused by a stimulant). Schwarzenegger sent a wreath to Munzer's funeral in Styria, with the message 'A last greeting to a friend'.

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