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The bodybuilding community has been rattled with one more disheartening piece of news this month after the sudden demise of a Portuguese bodybuilder, Marco Luis, aka “Monster.” Luis’s wife, Mariza Luis, confirmed the news of the death of the 46-year-old bodybuilder just a month before his birthday via an Instagram post. He was attending the FIBO event in Cologne, Germany. He died of a heart attack in his hotel room. 

Apart from being a bodybuilder, Luis was an online coach and motivator, as is stated in his Instagram bio. He had gained over 25,000 followers on Instagram and posted regularly. He was enjoying FIBO 2024 with the other pro athletes in the bodybuilding realm. Marco also posted a video of him meeting the current Mr. Olympia Champion, Derek Lunsford. 

Luis was born on a small island named Terceira in Portugal on May 7, 1977. He was born with a physical condition that made it impossible for him to become a bodybuilder, but he never gave up. The Monster started his sporting endeavors at the age of 20 and trained in Judo. But soon enough, his interest shifted toward muscle building. He started his bodybuilding journey with concrete weights made by his father and trained at his home. 

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Luis bought all the necessary equipment little by little. After 26 years, he was a successful man; he owned a gym and opened a supplement shop. There is a surprising fact about Monster – he never trained at any commercial gym, and he was a natty up until the age of 32. The Portuguese bodybuilder competed in 2018 for the first time in his life and won the show.  The Monster called bodybuilding “his passion” on his social media account and used to refer himself as the “Most Shredded Bodybuilder Ever” online. Luis was confident enough and self proclaimed the title and often used this title as captions in his Instagram posts. 

The Monster grabbed everyone’s eye when he posted a video of his conditioning, skin quality, and vascularity on his YouTube channel. Luis scored prominent sponsorship deals as he gained more recognition in the online world . He was the first Portuguese athlete to be sponsored by an American company. The Monster not only got an American sponsorship but also a sponsorship from a German clothing brand, Legal Power. Moreover, he was also sponsored by the nutrition brand Mex Nutrition. Luis achieved all these without even stepping onto the stage. 

Luis’s wife paid tribute to the bodybuilder via her Instagram post. She shared an image with the monster, wrote a heartfelt caption, and expressed her thoughts. The famous Instagram page official_rxmuscle also shared a post expressing their sorrow for the loss. The fans of the bodybuilding community also expressed their condolences for the loss.

The Monster’s wife wrote, “I’m not much for posts… much less this guy… but after so many messages…. YEAH… confirm Marco passed away this morning in Cologne – Germany…” She further continued, “Was in his “paradise” doing what he loves… I thank you in advance for all the support I’ve received, it’s been tireless.” She highlighted that it might take a few days to bring back Luis’s body from Germany  

She summed up every memory of the Monster and wrote, “Marco might have his way of thinking… act but was a humble person & never hurt anyone… just had his way of thinking.” The Instagram page also expressed their condolences and wrote, “A bodybuilding lifer and competitor, Marco was a close acquaintance of the RXMuscle staff. He will be missed. We pass our deepest prayers and warmest thoughts to his family, friends, and fans.” Everyone is shocked and in deep sorrow by the sudden demise of Luis and his fans filled the comment section with tributes.

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Famous bodybuilding stars mourn his loss

A fan commented on how unpredictable life is and wrote, “What…. He just tagged me on a post last week RIP

The biggest bodybuilder on planet Earth, title holder Craig Golias, also commented on the post and expressed his condolences, writing, “What!!!! He would always dm me saying the nicest things! This sucks! Super good guy right there RIP” Another bodybuilding enthusiast highlighted that the bodybuilding community has suffered a big loss and wrote, “Such a nice guy and so passionate about the sport. A very big loss. My warmest wishes for his family.

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The former coach of the former Arnold Classic champion, Milos Sarcev, also commented on the post and wrote, “So sad. Sincere condolences to his family.” An Instagram user commented, “Rest well champ.” Another follower commented, “He was always a very nice and supportive guy. Sad to see him go.”

May the soul of the Portuguese bodybuilder rest in peace. Just like his fans, EssentiallySports extends their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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Karan Yadav

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Karan Yadav is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. His journey to the bodybuilding realm started during the lockdown, where he found inspiration and dedication from those engaged in the sport. A stickler for fitness tips, Karan keenly follows his idols Chris Bumstead and Mike O’Hearn for covering the information they give out through their social media.
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