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Bodybuilding Legend Jusup Wilkosz Dead at Age 71

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Some heartbreaking news has hit the tight knit community of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding great Jusup Wilkosz has died at the age of 71.

Known as “The German Hercules”, Jusup stood at an intimidating 6 feet tall and 240 lbs in an era where there was more heart. fewer excuses and less supplements. A former weightlifter, Jusup would soon make his impact on the Golden Era of bodybuilding.

In his first World Championships in 1979, Jusup took 2nd place behind Mike Mentzer. He would become the first German Heavyweight World Champion. In the same year he met Arnold Schwarzenegger who he trained with all the way up to his pro debut win the following year.

At the 1984 Olympia in New York in front of a packed house, The German Hercules took 3rd place. His 3rdplace finish has only been matched by one other German bodybuilder; Dennis Wolf.

Due to injuries, his career was cut short, but not before solidifying his place in bodybuilding history becoming a living legend inspiring many to do the same.

Unfortunately, it’s been reported that the bodybuilding legend has passed away. The news was confirmed by his family via Instagram:

Not much is known as to the cause of death, but what is certain is that “The German Hercules”, Jusup Wilkosz will go on to be remembered as one of the most inspiring and successful German bodybuilders in history. 

We wish to offer our deepest condolences to Jusup's family and friends. May you rest in peace.


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