Fitness/Bodybuilding Community Mourns The Death Of IFBB Pro Hall Of Fame, Gustavo Badell aka “The Freakin’ Rican”

Gustavo Badell aka “the Freakin’ ‘Rican” was born in Venezuela and moved to Puerto Rico when he was around five years old. He began lifting weights at the age of fifteen to increase his size for boxing.

Gustavo Badell aka “the Freakin’ ‘Rican” gained muscle incredibly fast, and when he was 19 entered and won his first bodybuilding competition, the 1991 Junior Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships.

After six years of weight training, he was able to turn professional by winning the 1997 Caribbean Championships. His first International Federation of BodyBuilders appearance was in 1998 when he competed in the Grand Prix of Germany. He first competed in the International Federation of BodyBuilders Night of Champions (now called the New York Pro) in 1999, where he finished in 14th place. His first Ironman Pro Invitational was in 2000, where he was 18th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2002, where he was 24th.

“His first Arnold Classic was in 2004, where he was 7th. His professional placings were lackluster until 2003 when he started placing higher, in part because of help from the fellow professional bodybuilder Milos Sarcev. Badell has appeared in many fitness and magazine articles as well as on the cover of Flex magazine. He has appeared in numerous advertisements for MuscleTech, normally for Nitrotech Hardcore protein powder and Masstech weight-gain powder”.


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Gustavo Badell was a renowned bodybuilder from Venezuela. During his professional bodybuilding career, Badell participated in many championships and won most of them.

He was the 1991 Junior Caribbean Championships winner. In addition to that, Badell also won the title of other championships, such as the San Francisco Pro Invitational (2006) and Atlantic City Pro (2009).

Likewise, he also finished in fourth place in Arnold Classic in 2006. Furthermore, Badell also appeared in many advertisements for MuscleTech.

Gustavo Badell aka “The Freakin’ ‘Rican”‘s Bodybuilding Titles

  • 1991 Junior Caribbean Championships, overall winner
  • 1997 Caribbean Championships, overall winner (received pro card)
  • 1997 World Amateur Championships Heavyweight, 10th
  • 1998 Grand Prix Germany, 9th
  • 1999 Grand Prix England, 17th
  • 1999 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
  • 1999 World Pro Championships, 14th
  • 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 18th
  • 2000 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
  • 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, Did Not Place
  • 2000 World Pro Championships, 11th
  • 2001 Grand Prix England, Did Not Place
  • 2001 Ironman Pro Invitational, 16th
  • 2001 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 11th
  • 2002 Ironman Pro Invitational, 13th
  • 2002 Night of Champions, 10th
  • 2002 Mr. Olympia, 24th
  • 2002 Southwest Pro Cup, 6th
  • 2002 Toronto Pro Invitational, 3rd
  • 2004 Arnold Classic, 7th
  • 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
  • 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 4th
  • 2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 3rd
  • 2004 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  • 2005 Arnold Classic, 3rd
  • 2005 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
  • 2005 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  • 2006 Arnold Classic, 4th
  • 2006 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
  • 2006 Mr. Olympia, 6th
  • 2007 Arnold Classic, 4th
  • 2007 Mr. Olympia 8th
  • 2008 Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 2008 Arnold Classic, 6th
  • 2008 Mr. Olympia, 10th
  • 2009 Atlantic City Pro, 1st
  • 2009 Mr. Olympia, 13th
  • 2012 Arnold Classic, 13th

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Gustavo Badell Death Cause: How Did Bodybuilding Champion Die?

Gustavo Badell death cause have not been shared with the media, but the bodybuilding champion’s demise news has already been shared on social media.

Following the announcement, everyone who knew Badell was shocked, and they asked questions regarding Badell’s death manner.

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Not to mention, “Badell was 50 years old at the time of his passing. As his death’s cause has not been shared with the media, multiple speculations have risen on the internet”.

However, everyone is requested not to make speculations at this hard time as his family is mourning the loss, and they also seem to be seeking privacy.

Further news regarding Gustavo’s death may get updated soon. So, to this huge loss of the bodybuilding community, Genius Celebs also pays a heartfelt condolence to the whole family and friends.

Gustavo Badell Obituary and Funeral Details

Gustavo Badell obituary has already been shared. RXMuscle.com was the first to break the news in a statement released on their social media handles.

While sharing the statement, they wrote, “We’re very saddened to hear of the passing of Gustavo Badell at the age of 50. Badell, The Freakin’ ‘Rican, was a true icon of the sport and will greatly be missed. We pass our warmest wishes to Gustavo’s family, friends, and legions of fans.”

After that, his fans and followers were shocked, and they started showering him with love and tributes. A person on the comment section commented, “One of my favorite old school bodybuilders great physique, RIP our condolences to his family.”

Another person wrote, “I competed with him in the 2004 Ironman Pro/NPC Figure. Sad to hear of his passing. So young.” 

At the time of this post, the details regarding his funeral and memorial services have not been updated.


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Gustavo Badell Illness and Health

Gustavo Badell had no records of having been diagnosed with any illness. Many people have made different speculations on the internet following his death at the age of 50.

A person on Facebook said that Badell may have died of a stroke. He wrote, “It is being reported by Nick Triggili that he died of a stroke.”

Despite the speculation, it can’t be mentioned how Badell took his last breath. Also, the bodybuilding champion never talked about his personal life openly in the media.

Due to the lack of information, none of the verified sources have been able to give the facts regarding Badell’s health condition. 

As of now, everyone is mourning the loss, and more updates may get revealed soon.


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