Konstantins Konstantinovs, the former world record deadlift holder, has died at the age of 40. The Latvian native’s death was announced in an Instagram post from fellow bodybuilder, Cailer Woolman. Woolman, who goes by Doctor.Deadlife on Instagram, wrote, “RIP Big Guy. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you; it was one of my favorite experiences during my trip to Russia. Thanks for all the inspiration over years.” Woolman later commented on the post, complaining about people asking about Konstantinovs’ cause of death, which has not been made public.
In 2009, Konstantinovs set a raw deadlift world record by lifting 939.2 pounds without a belt. The record was broken by Eddie Hall in 2016 when he lifted 1,102.3 pounds, although that was with a belt. Konstantinovs’ beltless record still stands. In addition to his bodybuilding career, Konstantinovs worked as a bodyguard.
While the president of the World Raw Powerlifting Federation, Kirill Sarychev, also paid tribute to Konstantinovs, posting simply, “Rest in peace my friend,” on Instagram:
A second post included a quote from Konstantinovs that read, “You are able to lift as much as you want. You should always keep in mind that this day may be the last for us and the “next competition” will never happen…. So that, if you feel that you can lift the record today, never postpone it for tomorrow. Tomorrow may just will not come.”
Source: Heavy Sports