“Rest in Peace. Young Woman”: 39-YO Female Bodybuilder’s Shocking Death Breaks Bodybuilding World’s Heart

Published 12/13/2023, 10:15 PM EST

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The bodybuilding community is saddened as the year comes to an end with the tragic news of a female IFBB Pro’s demise. Women’s Physique competitor and rising star bodybuilder Kristyn Lia passed away at 39, as per a post by Generation Iron. The cause of death is not yet known. Journalist AJ Kelly was the first to share the news on her Instagram.

Despite a short run in the sport, Lia was known for her accomplishments as a pro bodybuilder. Her death came months after she had placed third in the IFBB Atlanta Pro competition. 

The dedicated journey that came to an abrupt end 


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Kristyn Lia was passionate about her bodybuilding journey and recently moved from Australia to the US to make her name in the field. Unfortunately, her life ended at 39. But her accomplishments prove her to be a noteworthy bodybuilder. Lia gained her IFBB Pro Card in 2021 and competed with the best in the arena at IFBB Pro competitions. She secured third place in the Atlanta Pro this summer.

Kristyn Lia’s fitness journey started when she was four. She would have running sessions with her father and also participated in soccer, rollerblading, and bike riding sports before taking a liking to the fitness arena. Being a lean girl, Lia hired a personal trainer to build mass in 2007 and started competing in 2012.


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The rising bodybuilding star was very involved in her training sessions and loved the discipline and bodily changes associated with the prep. However, the pandemic offered her some obstacles. Belonging to Australia, Lia lived with pandemic-related restrictions for very long. However, her love for training ensured she hit the home gym and earned her pro card during the crisis. After moving to the US, she continued this dedication to bodybuilding by taking part in universally recognized competitions such as the Pittsburgh Pro and New York Pro. She also placed 9th at the Tampa Pro, 16th at the Texas Pro, and 11th at the Chicago Pro.

Her last competition was in August when she graced the stage at 2023 Atlanta Pro, flexing her hard-earned muscles. The deceased bodybuilder was also a coach and was proud to be part of over ten transformation stories. 

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The blonde bodybuilder impressed her clients with her personality, as one of her mentees has nothing but good words for her. “She has never been judgmental and is always there for me,” reads one of her client testimonials. However, the world is now devoid of her kindness.

Lia’s demise added to the list of deaths in the community. While the netizens are still grieving over the deaths of Jo Lindner, aka Joesthetics, Gustavo Badell, and Justyn Vicky’s deaths, the news of Lia passing away just adds to their woes.


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Kristyn Lia’s demise baffles the community

Reacting to the loss of yet another athlete at a young age, many took to the comments section of Generation Iron’s post and mourned Lia. “So sad. Thoughts and prayers to her family” wrote a grieving fan of the sport. An infuriated follower was upset with recent deaths in the community and commented, “Every fckng week.

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A fan offered condolences and wrote, “Rest in peace. Young woman.” While another noted, “Damn and Another One is gone.” “Sad!! That’s way too soon. Praying for her family and loved ones. Rest in Paradise,” confessed a sad bodybuilding enthusiast.

2023 has been a sad year for the sport, as many young athletes lost their lives owing to various causes. Even as bodybuilding enthusiasts showed their frustration with the recent deaths in the community, they did not forget to celebrate the life that Lia lived.


Written by:

Etha Bindu Rani


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I am Etha Bindu Rani. My love for the gym and bodybuilding started a few years back, while the urge to write has been in me for a long time. So when I was offered a chance to write inspirational stories about fitness transformation and bodybuilders, I didn?t give it a second thought.
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Edited by:

Amal Joyce