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Old 08-18-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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We are very sad to report that just yesterday on August 17th, 2014, long time family friend Mel Chancy announced on Facebook that Mike Matarazzo had died in the Stanford hospital while waiting for a heart transplant.

The Former IFBB Pro bodybuilder had been suffering from heart problems ever since he had open heart surgery in 2004. He was admitted into intensive care due to heart complications and unfortunately passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014. He was 48 years old.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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Another life cut short from AAS. These guys were the best of the best and yet they become memories in time. Something to consider for the casual user or the high school kid thinking that drugs are the key to "cool" and success. Even the giants in the sport are forgotten for their physiques and only remembered by those who knew and loved them.

Not meaning to disrespect Mike, just wanting to capitalize on an opportunity to remind us all this is just a hobby/sport no matter how serious you are. It's not your legacy or your purpose in life. And if you think it is, that is definitely a sign that you are on the wrong path.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:08 PM   #3
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Another life cut short from AAS. .
How do you know it's from AAS and not some other PED? Insulin, Growth Hormone, Stimulants, etc?
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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That sucks. Yet another one of the guys who was around when I first got into lifting is gone way too soon.

But I'd also avoid blaming AAS entirely. Mostly? Probably. I think the extreme bodybuilding lifestyle in general is not the healthiest, with all the extreme cutting and fat burners.

But mostly still AAS. Either way it sucks.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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That sucks, regardless of the cause - prayers and best wishes to his family and friends.
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That sucks. I read an interview with him. He blamed roids and diet for his deteriating health. He said he thought he shortened his life, I didn't think by that much. I was rooting for him. He was big when I used to read all the mags. The dude was a freak.
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I read an interview with him. He blamed roids and diet for his deteriating health. He said he thought he shortened his life, I didn't think by that much.
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And I feel guilty when I take a pre-wo supplement.

I sure do hope people heed his advice. Trust me, when you get to 40+, you will wish you had if you didn't. I think Mike and others before him would be smiling in heaven knowing their experience may have prevented others from suffering the same fate.

RIP Mike, and my condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:42 PM   #10
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I don't think we can compare the casual user, especially an informed user, to a pro BBer. Some of the most damaging things used are the diuretics. That stuff is devastating.
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