Bodybuilder Victor Richards allegedly dies at age 56
This has been a devastating year in the sport of bodybuilding and there has been some more tragic news. Victor Richards has reportedly passed away at the age of 56, according to GI Russia and a Facebook post by Andreas Cahling. The cause of death has not been released.
At the time of this writing there has been no official announcement by the Richard family or exact confirmation on the date and time of his passing. News of his passing is beginning to spread across social media – and sources close to Generation Iron have reported that Victor Richards has died.
Most notably, Andreas Cahling has announced the death on his official Facebook page:
Originally born in Nigeria, Richards gained a passion for bodybuilding early on in his life. He was a three-sport athlete in high school who excelled in football, wrestling, and track and field. This is when he began to improve his physique. Richards earned his pro card while in Nigeria.
At 19 years old, Richards was becoming a well known name and that only continued as he progressed.
Richards began appearing on the cover of fitness magazines at 21 years old. He carried a massive frame that weighed close to 300 pounds of solid muscle.
During his early days of bodybuilding, Richards looked up to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva. This is not surprising given his massive build and passion for the sport.
The death of Victor Richards comes during a difficult time in the sport. This comes after the tragic deaths of Shawn Rhoden and George Peterson.