Lot of cyclists and athletes die young too

For a time, Chyna was a big name in popular culture. “If They Only Knew,” her autobiography, reached the New York Times bestseller list in 2001.

Laurer was a native of Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida before taking up wrestling.

She joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.

Steroids are not good for your long term health as Flo Jo didn’t quite find out because she was dead.

20 thoughts on “Lot of cyclists and athletes die young too”

  1. The article you’ve linked to doesn’t say, but she was also a drug addict for many years as well (and I’m not talking about steroids).

  2. It’s a combo of steroids, caning the pain pills and constant bangs to the head that does in these wrestlers.

    Also, Owen Hart died in an accident when he fell from a harness that was being lowered from the rafters. Far as I can tell neither he, nor his brother, were known for using. They didn’t have ott, bulging veins look like the others.

  3. didn’t she famously have an *enormous* “clematis”, or was an adult art movie star of the same name?

  4. I’ve always found it enormously reassuring that Jim Fixx, the geezer invented jogging. died at a mere 52, of a heart attack, after his daily run.
    Who says there ain’t no such thing as justice.

  5. @BiS

    “I’ve always found it enormously reassuring that Jim Fixx, the geezer invented jogging. died at a mere 52, of a heart attack”

    He had a genetically inherited condition. His dad died of the same thing aged 43. Could be argued Jim added 9 years to his life.

    Besides, I don’t think you can say he ‘invented’ jogging. Unless you’re going to argue that people only ever walked or sprinted before him.

  6. Dear Tim,
    What you should say is that a lot of *professional* cyclists and athletes die young. There are a startling number of elderly amateur athletes – I may have mentioned before that the AAA’s successor has an over-90 category for the decathlon

  7. > He had a genetically inherited condition.

    I seem to remember that the Ultimate Warrior was the same, though maybe I’m wrong.

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Lots of cyclists die young because they hypertrophy their hearts and then when they stop doing it competitively it furs up. Or so I have been led to believe.

  9. Steroids are not good for your long term health as Flo Jo didn’t quite find out because she was dead.

    People keep writing this as if people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Dorian Yate, Ronnie Coleman, etc. don’t exist. Of course, anything can be dangerous, including water, if too much or too little are consumed. There is a difference between abuse and use. Steroids are perfectly safe, when used properly. A trained economist should know this.

    And it’s even more obvious when you read about her death steroids had nothing to do with her death. It’s pretty obvious she had emotional problems and was abusing other drugs, resulting in a declining health. And if you’d bothered to do a basic google search, you’d know Flo Jo died due to a genetic disorder that resulted in the siezure that killed her.

    In short, you should pull your head out of your ass.

  10. @BiCR:

    I think that’s true. I’m sure I’ve read that Tour cyclists have to keep training for a few years after stopping racing and gradually taper down until their heart gets back to something approaching normal.

  11. Alex: Schwarzenegger has a bit of pig’s heart keeping him going. Nothing to do with decades of massive steroid use of course. Nor the fact that Arnie does his nut anytime his previous lifestyle is mentioned in his presence.

  12. So Much For Subtlety

    Alex – “And it’s even more obvious when you read about her death steroids had nothing to do with her death. It’s pretty obvious she had emotional problems and was abusing other drugs, resulting in a declining health. And if you’d bothered to do a basic google search, you’d know Flo Jo died due to a genetic disorder that resulted in the siezure that killed her.”

    It is not obvious to me. It is not even obvious she was using other drugs. She had epilepsy. She died from bleeding caused by a severe attack. The epilepsy might have been genetic, but the nature of the attacks can certainly be affected by the drugs she might have been taking. We don’t know.

    Also the allegation against her is not steroids but Human Growth Hormone. It is unlikely she was using recreational drugs during her career as she was one of the most tested athletes in the world.

  13. Mr. Ecks,

    Yes, that’s right, Schwarzenegger’s use of steroids in the 1960’s and 1970’s caused him in 1947 to be born with the congenital defect of a bicuspid aortic valve.

    So Much For Subtlety,

    “Also the allegation against her is not steroids but Human Growth Hormone”

    Perhaps you should inform Mr. Worstall of this, as it is he who accused Chyna’s health problems and death on steroids.

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