Latvian Russian athlete Konstantin Konstantinovs, widely considered one of the greatest powerlifters of all time, has passed away at age 40. The Latvian native’s death was announced in an Instagram post from fellow bodybuilder, Cailer Woolam. Woolam, 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.”
Woolam later commented on the post, complaining about people asking about Konstantinovs’ cause of death, which has not been made public.
Konstantin held the raw, equipped, drug tested world deadlift record at 426.0 kg. He preferred doing everything old school style, with as little technological assistance as possible. His aggressive lifting style made him a legend among fellow powerlifters and made him the only man that struck fear into the barbell itself.
Every time he would perform a lift it looked like as if the weights were getting raped. He was that focused and strong. When he wasn’t destroying weights like they owed him money, he often worked as a bodyguard in Russia. Which, according to some speculative comments is probably the reason for his early death. According to a forum post, he was killed while working as a bodyguard.
However, do take this info with a grain of salt because, at this stage, it’s still an unconfirmed rumor.
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.” Those tributes were also posted to World RAW Powerlifting’s Facebook page.
Konstantinovs Once Said, ‘You Should Always Keep in Your Mind That This Day May Be the Last for Us’
Rest in peace big guy.