Editor’s Note: Footage of the incident is disturbing.
A bodybuilder botched an attempted backflip as he made his way into a competition over the weekend and landed on his head. He has reportedly died due to the injuries he sustained.
The video is difficult to stomach. Sifiso Lungelo Thabete was trying to entertain the crowd as he walked onto the mat and attempted a backflip. However, he didn’t fully rotate and he landed on his head. The crowd, as heard on the video, wasn’t sure what to make of what happened as the bodybuilder lay on the mat, motionless.
A moment later, people rushed to his aid as it became apparent something was horribly wrong. It was later discovered that Thabete had broken his neck after awkwardly landing on his head.
Muere el fisicoculturista Sifiso Lungelo Thabete tras un salto fallido El fisicoculturista #SifisoLungeloThabete falleció este viernes durante una competición celebrada en su país #Sudáfrica intentando hacer el salto #backflip, que consiste en una voltereta en el aire hacia atrás. El deportista de 23 años no llegó a completar el giro y se rompió la nuca al chocar contra el suelo. Los equipos de emergencia no pudieron hacer nada por salvar su vida. #Thabete había sido #campeóndelmundo en la modalidad de 75 #kilogramos y tenía una larga carrera por delante, según sus compañeros. Les advertimos de que las imágenes de este vídeo pueden herir su sensibilidad. #internacionales #PorElOjoDeLaCerradura Para más detalles, visita nuestra página web www.porelojodelacerradura.com.do
Muscle Evolution, a South African bodybuilding magazine, said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by the news of Thabete’s death.
According to the magazine, Thabete was an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Junior World Champion in the up-to-165-pound category who had recently won an event at the IFBB Muscle Mulisha Grand Prix in July.