The Passing of Gustavo Badell: Rest in Peace.

                             Gustavo Badell


By Shawn Ray

It is with great sadness that I report the Passing of Venezuelan born retired Pro Bodybuilder, Trainer and Promoter, Gustavo Badell. The news of Gustavo’s passing spread like wildfire on social media as his legions of Fans and Friends wrestle with the news. It had been reported by other news agents that Gustavo suffered a fatal and sudden Stroke. This news comes on the heels of many other notable bodybuilders in recent times that have passed away far too soon. Gustavo was a father of 4 children who climbed up the Mr. Olympia mountain of muscle to land himself in top 3 in the world on two separate occasions while capturing several Pro Championship Titles!

The “Freakin Rican” was his monicker during his pro career that took him all over the world where he gathered an army of loyal faithful fans and friends during his colorful career. It was noted many years later that his sister donated a Kidney to Gustavo who suffered some health complications post Bodybuilding.

Gustavo lived in Puerto Rico where he built a name and a career for himself as a premier Pro Bodybuilder then later as a top Trainer to many athletes as a way of giving back to the sport.
We will all miss Gustavo greatly as the news continues to trickle out, we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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Gustavo was born November 3, 1972