A 33-year-old Indonesian fitness influencer, Justyn Vicky, died after a barbell he was trying to lift broke his neck. He was working out at a gym in Indonesia’s Bali when the accident happened on July 15, Channel News Asia reported.
In a viral video on social media, Justyn Vicky can be seen at the Paradise Bali gym attempting a squat press with the barbell on her shoulders. He appears to be unable to stand upright after going into a squat, Channel News Asia reported.
While trying to hold the weight, he fell back into a sitting position as the barbell fell on his neck. Justyn Vicky’s spotter appears to lose her balance and can be seen falling backwards with him during the incident. Spotter is a person who provides assistance and support during weight lifting.
Justyn Vicky attempted to lift 210kg weight, Channel News Asia reported citing the reports.
The accident left him with “a broken neck and critical compression of vital nerves connecting his heart and lungs,” Channel News Asia reported, citing a British newspaper.
Justyn Vicky was taken to hospital for treatment. However, he died shortly after undergoing emergency surgery, Channel News Asia reported.
Since his death, tributes have poured in for Justyn Vicky. Paradise Bali, the gym where he worked, called Vicky in an Instagram post a “beacon of inspiration, motivation and unwavering support,” according to Channel News Asia.
Paradise Bali said in a post on Instagram: “Justyn was more than just a fitness expert; he was a beacon of inspiration, motivation and unwavering support.”
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