Valdir Segato, also known as the Brazilian Hulk, was a bodybuilder and TikTok star who gained fame and controversy for injecting himself with oil to create massive muscles. He died on his 55th birthday, July 26, 2023, in Ribeirao Preto, southeast Brazil. What was the cause of his death and what were the risks of his extreme lifestyle?
The Synthol Addiction
Segato started using synthol, a concoction of oil, painkillers, and alcohol, to enhance his muscles after being inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Hulk. He wanted to achieve a cartoonish physique that he could not obtain from natural methods. He injected synthol into his biceps, pectorals, and back muscles, reaching 23 inches in arm circumference. He was proud of his appearance and enjoyed being called “the monster” by the people. He also amassed 1.6 million followers on TikTok, where he posted videos of his bulging muscles.
However, synthol injections are not a safe or effective way to build muscle. They do not increase strength or performance, but only create an illusion of size. Synthol can cause serious health problems, such as infections, nerve damage, muscle disfigurement, strokes, and heart attacks. According to Daily Mail, Segato was warned by doctors six years ago that he faced amputation or death if he continued using synthol, but he ignored their advice and kept injecting himself.
The Final Moments
According to Universo Online, Segato felt ill at his home and complained of shortness of breath. He was taken to the UPA Nelson Mandela – UPA Norte hospital by the Brazilian Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), but he was pronounced dead on arrival. The official cause of death has not been released, but reports suggest that he may have suffered a heart attack due to the synthol abuse.
Segato’s death has shocked and saddened his fans and followers, who expressed their condolences and tributes on social media. Some also criticized his reckless behavior and warned others not to follow his example. Segato’s story is a tragic reminder of the dangers of synthol and the obsession with body image. He will be remembered as the Brazilian Hulk, who lived and died for his muscles.