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Mr. Olympia contestant George Peterson was found deceased in his hotel room on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida.

Peterson, 37, was just days away from competing in the 2021 Mr. Olympia finals in Orlando when he died.

His body was found by retired American bodybuilder Dave Palumbo who told RxMuscle that Peterson was face down in hotel room.

Palumbo went to check on Peterson when his coach could not reach him by phone.

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RxMuscle claims there was blood around Peterson's nose - which Palumbo suggested could be from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Peterson was fully vaccinated as required to participate in the Olympia finals.

There have been multiple instances of brain aneurysms and blood clots reported in people who received the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Mr Olympia's Instagram page announced Peterson's death:

"It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected passing of George Peterson, a champion on stage and off.

"Our condolences go out to his family and all who respected and admired one of the kindest men we have ever known."



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Rhabdomyolysis is a serious medical condition that is caused by the rapid destruction of muscle fibers, usually after intensive workouts.

What Causes Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is caused by the rapid breakdown of muscles that releases muscle fibers and other contents directly into the blood stream.

This condition affects mainly body builders and people who exercise too strenuously, causing damage to the muscles.

Other factors include drugs or alcohol, medications, electrolyte imbalances, viruses, severe infections, hypothyroidism, and more.

Rhabdomyolysis occurs after extreme muscle damage caused by lifting heavy weights or doing too many reps on weight machines.

Personal trainers often advise weight trainers to "feel the burn" and "no pain, no gain" wile working out.

The burning sensation is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in the muscles when the muscles are fatigued or weakened.

Signs & Symptoms

The first sign of rhabdomyolysis is a sharp, stabbing pain in the muscles. The pain will be severe, followed quickly by tenderness, weakness and massive swelling (compartment syndrome) of the muscles.

The swelling is caused by leaking of muscle fibers and the movement of fluid from the blood into the damaged muscles resulting in low blood pressure and shock.

A protein called myoglobin is released from the muscles which damages the kidneys, resulting in low volume of dark brown colored urine.

If not treated in an emergency room, rhabdomyolysis can lead to confusion, coma and death.

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Severe muscle pain
  • Immobility (unable to move)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Low to no urine production
  • Heart attack
  • Bleeding from everywhere (blood clotting disorder)

    Go to the nearest emergency room if you feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your muscles followed by tenderness, weakness and swelling of your muscles.

    In the video below, Mr. Olympia Shawn "Flexatron" Rhoden rests briefly between short reps to prevent damage to his muscles.

    This has been your Medical Minute.



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