View Full Version : R.I.P. Nasser El Sonbaty!

03-22-2013, 06:45 AM
A bodybuilding legend, and one of the greats has passed away.

RIP Nasser El Sonbaty. The uncrowned Mr.Olympia in 1997 imo.

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Nasser El Sonbaty Video


03-22-2013, 07:20 AM
REALLY? Could you please post more datails? I'm in shock!

03-22-2013, 07:33 AM
Shawn Ray:

"Word on the street-
Kidney Failure from Kidney Infection."

03-22-2013, 08:18 AM

Nasser El Sonbaty Image

03-22-2013, 09:01 AM
this is surreal as **** man. i can't believe it...rip nasser :(

03-22-2013, 11:47 AM

Pity most people didn't seem to like him

Looking at some old pics, his back wasn't actually all that bad.

03-22-2013, 11:58 AM
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03-22-2013, 12:09 PM





03-22-2013, 02:19 PM
Only 47 years old!

03-22-2013, 02:25 PM

03-22-2013, 06:21 PM
R.I.P Nasser!!!

03-23-2013, 06:48 AM
Wow, can't believe it. RIP

03-23-2013, 07:53 AM


That's not from his death. It was a few years ago after a surgery, don't remember what for.

03-23-2013, 07:53 AM

Nasser El Sonbaty: He Did It His Way

03-23-2013, 10:54 PM
:( RIP Nasser !

03-24-2013, 06:11 AM
Nasser looks ****ing awesome in that first pic btw

03-24-2013, 09:24 AM
cira 96-97 NO ONE came close to Nasser in front-double bicep and relaxed pose!

03-27-2013, 06:06 PM
cira 96-97 NO ONE came close to Nasser in front-double bicep and relaxed pose!


I found on youtube 3 parts from his DVD's, Nasser on the way. In the part 1 he is getting ready for the 1999 Mr Olympia, in the part 2 for the 2000 Mr O, part 3 - 2001 offseason, and so on.

His calves were fuking sick! retarded shape!

@ min 47:10 in part 1




03-27-2013, 06:11 PM
From Iceman's blog:

1996 German GP Nasser El Sonbaty Images:

03-28-2013, 06:18 AM
You know youre f ucking HUGE when you can make Dorian, Ronnie and Paul Dillett all look mere humans

04-05-2013, 01:43 AM
Zhasni's tribute video for Nasser:


04-05-2013, 06:00 AM
^^ Impressive footage.

04-05-2013, 11:39 PM
Nasser el Sonbaty and Anabolic Steroids

Nasser el Sonbaty at the 1997 Mr. Olympia.
Nasser was always open and honest about anabolic steroids
to anyone who asked.


By Millard Baker MESO-Rx

Nasser el Sonbaty and Anabolic Steroids

April 4, 2013 By Millard Baker 0 Comments and 7 Reactions

Former IFBB pro bodybuilder Nasser el Sonbaty died in his sleep in the early hours of March 20, 2013
after being ill for several months. He was 47 years old. Guillermo Tom, his training partner and friend, told MuscleMag
that Nasser had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and kidney damage in November 2012.
Nasser did not qualify as a candidate for a heart transplant and decided to spend his final days with his parents and sister in Egypt.

“In November [Nasser] was admitted to the hospital here in San Diego for breathing problems,” Tom told MuscleMag.
“It was then that he was diagnosed with heart failure and kidney damage. He was on dialysis from that day on. “

Given that Nasser el Sonbaty admitted using anabolic steroids in a sport where steroid
use is pervasive, many people predictably blamed Nasser’s death on his use of steroids.
This does a terrible disservice to those genuinely interested in making sense of such a tragic early death.

Blaming Nasser’s death on steroids doesn’t facilitate an understanding of other important factors
that may have played a role in Nasser’s deteriorating health.

Did steroids play a role in Nasser’s death? Did other bodybuilding drugs?
Did the modern-day “bodybuilding lifestyle”? Did his body size? Did genetic factors?
Health is a complicated phenomenon.

Those who are truly interested in understanding the cause(s) of Nasser’s death and
helping others in similar circumstances avert a similar outcome will examine the entire constellation of events
that could have precipitated the tragic loss of life.

Even worse than blaming Nasser’s death on steroids are those who seek to condemn
Nasser simply because he was a steroid user who participated in the steroid-fueled sport of bodybuilding.
In an article written by Keith McLemore, and reprinted in its entirety on the
Taylor Hooton Foundation website, McLemore adamantly refused to offer condolences to the family
of Nasser while withholding the usual wishes for eternal peace in the afterlife.

“We offer no kind words to describe [Nasser el Sonbaty]… The enormity of their structures was influential
to young generations determined to initiate steroid cycles even though they would become too addicted
to observe Nasser’s final outcome and deviate from their
destructive behavior,” McClemore wrote. “For these reasons, we offer
no ‘Rest In Peace’ sentiments. Rather, we say ‘It Is What It Is.’”

To compound the disrespect towards the late Nasser el Sonbaty, McLemore tastelessly
posted a picture of a lifeless Nasser with significant discoloration across his torso.

The picture showed Nasser lying with his eyes closed on his back in a hospital.
The intended effect was obviously to give the appearance of a post-mortem Nasser.
However, the photograph was actually taken six years earlier in late 2006 when Nasser
underwent surgery to repair a hernia and to remove lymphomas.

What those who condemn Nasser failed to realize was that the former bodybuilder openly and honestly
discussed anabolic steroids with anyone who asked about them; he also warned about
the unhealthy lifestyle of a professional bodybuilder. Nasser’s candor about the risks faced
by numerous competitors in their pursuit of a hypermuscular physique made him a particularly controversial figure.

In a multi-part interview with bodybuilding scribe David Robson, Nasser admitted using
anabolic steroids, diuretics, human growth hormone (hGH), insulin, ephedrine and caffeine.
He freely discussed anabolic steroids but seemed more concerned about the variety of other drugs
that found their way into the elite ranks of pro bodybuilding.

But the bodybuilders are treated almost like racehorses.
When a racehorse breaks a foot or a leg, then it is no longer profitable.
It is shot right away. Bodybuilders do not get shot with guns (with exceptions like
Ray McNeill) but get shot with needles. And in many cases you have to just wait for too many shots
over extended periods of time to cause a casualty or these guys just drop out because of fear of more
health issues, or they are so deteriorated from being used for too long without getting
the proper reimbursement, which is often “only” a fair placement.

Either they (the bodybuilders) comply with the demands to look
great (which means brutal diets and regular drug intake) in order to make money, or they
deteriorate (which can be extreme after several contest years, combined with injuries and a general
shutdown of their abused systems) or they just get out of the sport.

And then, after so many shows the “men in charge” – the despotism judging
clique acts all surprised by incidents “involving the drug monsters”
like Münzer, and many others. But the show must go on.

Nasser didn’t shy away from discussing the casualties of
pro bodybuilding e.g. Flex Wheeler (kidney), Don Long (kidney),
Tom Prince (kidney), Luke Wood (kidney), Mike Morris (kidney), Mike Francois (colon cancer), Dennis Newman (leukemia), etc.
not to mention competitors who allegedly had life-threatening problems
with specific drugs and/or were hospitalized
e.g. Dennis James (insulin), Mustafa Mohammad (diuretics), Paul Dillett (diuretics),
Mike Matarazzo (diuretics), Armin Scholz (diuretics), etc.

Nasser told Robson that a big part of bodybuilding success at the elite level
was the ability to tolerate large amounts of bodybuilding drugs.

It is not only what your genetics are like if your aim is to turn pro or how hard you train
or your consistency, it is also very important how your body reacts to all the different kinds of drugs
you are ingesting for years and years. Not only the positive, anabolic effects but also
the negative effects, the side effects.

You need to have a constitution like a horse. For example if Ronnie Coleman
and now Jay Cutler didn’t have constitutions of a horse they would have been
sick a long time ago and wouldn’t be able to actually continue competing like they are competing.

Nasser warned readers about the prolonged use of bodybuilding drugs especially in
the absence of regular medical supervision.

I do not believe that it is healthy for the body to take, over long periods of time, drugs including
prescribed medicines and antibiotics, or even vitamins or anything in that direction…

Using all of these drugs [Winstrol, Parabolan, Equipoise, Masteron, Primobolan, Oxandrolone, etc]
for longer periods of time – like over many, many months with short breaks over
many years – causes a negative balance of hormones in the body.

Adding calorie reduced diets to this with contests and guest-posing appearances
where you want to look great is definitely not the smartest thing to do.
And additionally adding thyroid hormone, GH, IGF 1 and Insulin can
result in hormonal chaos within the system. All these things taken can have individually different side effects.

Some people also have, for instance, an ulcer problem or a pancreas problem
that they had not been (clearly) aware of, so things can get out of control, especially when not
having regular medical check-ups by qualified doctors.

Nasser competed in over 50 professional bodybuilding contests yet he was never under
the illusion that he was participating in a “healthy” sport. And he never missed an opportunity
to speak out about the dangers of some of the practices seen in bodybuilding.

Regrettably, Nasser’s death and his discussion of the risks of bodybuilding
polypharmacy will only be seen by anti-steroid crusaders as confirmatory
evidence to support the demonization of steroids.

What relevance does long-term and extreme drug use by elite amateur and
professional competitive bodybuilders have for the average steroid user? Not much.

Extreme drug use is rarely healthy no matter what the drug.
Drugs that can be used safely can also be abused.

The distinction between use and abuse is often overlooked by those with an anti-steroid agenda.
Why should extreme examples of steroid use be used to demonize the average user of steroids?

In life, Nasser invited an intelligent and honest discussion of the health risks seen in competitive bodybuilding.

In death, the complexity of Nasser’s life experiences should not be overlooked so that anti-steroid
crusaders can conveniently assign blame to steroids.

04-07-2013, 06:47 PM
Great article, thanks COACH. I would like to hear (or read) that interview in which Nasser talk about drugs.

04-08-2013, 07:45 AM
RIP man.

04-08-2013, 11:29 AM
This is a cruel world and that Keith McLemore seems like a dicq through and through!

For everyone's amusement and astonishment as to how freakin "knowledgeable" these fucqers are... here are some of other gems from the "article"

"Joe Weider and Robert Kennedy were the 2 key figures most responsible for the commercialization of steroids......"
"Nasser’s fans often claimed that his poor rankings were unfair when contrasted against other competitors like countryman Dorian Yates and American Ronnie Coleman."
"We at Steroid Analysis struggle to find variables of this case that would distinguish Nasser El Sonbaty’s death from other bodybuilders who’ve gone before him."
"The only appreciable difference is the fact that there is no stigma against steroid use in Germany as well as other European nations."
"It is completely illogical and statistically impossible for a body of web members to tip toe around this issue of steroids by only contemplating diet, body size, space aliens, or fairy dust!"
"Matt Duval was another bodybuilder with too much body weight relative to his vertically-challenged frame. "
" In his absence, Nasser adversely affected the lives of family members, American & German friends, and a global fan base."


I hope this prick dies and gives some comic relief to Nasser's "adversely affected" global fan base!

05-30-2014, 11:12 AM
I finally added a Nasser El Sonbaty Bio/Tribute (https://musclemecca.com/showthread.php/234627-Nasser-El-Sonbaty-Bio). I'm sorry it took so long guys. I did a ton of research on Nasser and he was really an amazing bodybuilder and guy in general.