Lower than one week after the tragic passing of 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden, one other well-known determine within the sport of bodybuilding was reported to have handed on. Victor Richards, a well-liked competitor from the early 1990’s that was thought-about one of many authentic mass monsters in bodybuilding, had reportedly died on the age of 56. Nonetheless, after quite a few bodybuilders and followers paid their respects, the reviews turned out to be false.
Richards ‘daughter, title not launched for privateness functions, got here out with a press release saying that her father was alive and properly. Whereas everybody was glad to see that assertion, Richards himself by no means posted an announcement or assertion himself on his Fb web page, the place he had been lively in recent times.
Very similar to one in all his idols, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richards entered the bodybuilding scene as a youngster, successful the 1982 American Cup. It could be ten years after that earlier than he received his professional card on the 1992 Nigerian Nationwide Championships.
Because of the dimensions of his physique and the eye he had gotten as an novice, Richards was thought-about a direct menace to then Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates to take the British champion’s title. He had taken half in photograph shoots and visitor posing occasions reportedly weighing round 300 kilos, which solely added to the hype that he delivered to the game. Nonetheless, that potential was by no means fulfilled as a result of Richards quietly and mysteriously left the game altogether. He by no means formally entered any professional present as a competitor. His disappearance from the game then was as mysterious because the demise rumors that he’s the topic of now virtually 20 years later.
Replace: On November 14th, Victor Richards broke his dramatic silence by posting a press release on Fb that he’s, in actual fact, alive. He additionally revealed that he was on trip together with his younger son and didn’t have entry to his social media or mobile phone. A part of Richards’ assertion is under.
“My expensive brethren and relations, I need to let that I’m properly and sound and have by no means been as wholesome as I’m in the present day.
I’m sincerely sorry for the ache and heartache that the enemies have brought about you thru their venomous tongues. I didn’t imply to maintain you in suspense however had my little 6 12 months previous with me for the week and had made prior engagements for some enjoyable actions with him and there was no manner I used to be going to permit the demonic spirits of slander, obstruction, destruction and demise to disturb our peace. We thank God that the enemy didn’t have the facility to disturb our area and peace as we have been capable of full all our deliberate actions together with a keep on the coast, go to to the aquarium and attending his basketball sport in the present day. It was extraordinarily necessary for our spirits and sanity to steer clear of social media and the cellphone throughout this era.”