Sifiso Lungelo Thabethe, 23, was a junior world champion from Umlazi, which adjoins the city of Durban in South Africa. He had a bright future ahead and he often wowed the crowd with his smile as he flexed his muscles. In competitions, he was known for performing a signature move that cost him his life.
Here’s What Happened:
While performing at a body building event in his hometown, Sifiso was excited about wowing the crowd with his signature moved. Dressed in a black Speedo and socks, the crowd began to cheer him on as the announcer announced his accomplishments among the cheers in the crowd. Walking with confidence, Sifiso was preparing to deliver his signature back flip. On stage, it appears as though Sifiso attempted to do what looks like a backward somersault. Unfortunately, the move went wrong and he landed on his head tragically breaking his neck.
After realizing that he wasn’t getting up, a group of men rushed over to try to help him. He was rushed to the hospital where he died on arrival. According to Body Building South Africa, they believe that Sifiso’s tragic accident was due to wearing slippery socks and they also believe that he didn’t get enough momentum. As stated before, this was his signature move that he usually successfully completed without socks.
South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution wrote of the champion
The bodybuilding community was shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Sifiso Lungelo Thabete, a bodybuilder from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend.
There is a video surfacing of Sifiso performing his move but the family has asked that people stop sharing the video as it is difficult for them to see it.