The country of Brazil has braced for a state of mourning after the sudden passing of bodybuilding star Christian Figueiredo. Complications from liver surgery led to the stroke and death of the 29-year-old, which was revealed on October 16, 2023 by fisiculturismonewsonline’s Instagram page. In addition, Figueiredo’s wife, Vivi Torres, also confirmed the news via Instagram.
“It was supposed to be a pretty simple surgery, but there were complications,” shared Figueiredo’s friend.
It’s been a nerve-racking year in the sport as a concerning number of athletes have lost their lives. Jo Lindner, a bodybuilding influencer, passed away from an aneurysm in July. The community suspects steroids or the COVID-19 vaccine as potential causes.
In September, Milos Sarcev shared the heartbreaking news of Neil Currey’s suicide. He was only 34 and had been a standout in Classic Physique. Now, another notable name in the sport has left the world far too soon as Christian Figueiredo’s family and friends navigate the devastation.
Christian Figueiredo Passes Away at 29, Bodybuilding Community Mourns, “We Lost a Brother”
Figueiredo’s liver operation had complications, causing a stroke, as reported by his friend Ricardo Alexandre Martins Correia. Doctors couldn’t prevent the bleeding from “getting serious” and he died from an “unusual heart attack.”
“We could even say it now, so folks won’t speculate. Cris needed a surgery but sadly had a stroke. They tried to prevent the bleeding from getting serious. [It was a] Hemorrhage. And then he had an unusual heart attack. The body went into shock.
So this hemorrhage started and when they tried to stop the bleeding from getting… from getting serious, he went into cardiac [arrest]. So there was nothing that the doctors could do to resuscitate him [they tried for] an hour. Really top-notch skilled team here. Strong doctors.”
“Sadly, there are things beyond our control. It [the surgery] was simpler than mine. Life is like that. There are things out of our control. We lost a brother. A guy I’ll love forever,” Figueiredo’s friend shared.
Having just earned his Pro card last year at the Muscle Contest in Brazil, Christian Figueiredo was brimming with promise and potential. With his impressive physique, strong arms, and symmetrical features, he was highly regarded as a future threat atop the IFBB Pro League mountain.
It’s painful to see these tragedies occur frequently in bodybuilding, but Christian Figueiredo made a significant impact on those around him. Our team at Fitness Volt extends our deepest condolences to his friends, family, and wife during this challenging time.