“Had Blood in My Tear Ducts”: Strongman Eddie Hall Was Nearly Killed by a 500 kg Deadlift on Stage in 2016

Published 11/28/2022, 10:30 AM EST

Eddie Hall became the world’s strongest man in 2017. The weightlifter, actor, and YouTuber weigh around 339 lbs and is as tall as 6’3”. Hall has also won titles such as Britain’s Strongest Man, England’s Strongest Man, etc.

Along with claiming such titles, Eddie Hall became the first man to lift 500 kg of weight. But this title didn’t come easy to him. People claim that the giant almost lost his life lifting the weight.

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Eddie Hall almost died deadlifting 500 kg

In 2016, Eddie Hall set on to break the world record for lifting the heaviest weight. Eddie Hall and two others had set the world record by lifting 465 kgs. But this time, Eddie didn’t want to share his claim with others.

With utmost zeal and confidence, The Beast lifted 500 kgs of weight. Just a few seconds after lifting the deadly deadlift, Hall was blinded and fell unconscious on the ground. The 34-year-old giant had burst his head nerves after breaking the world record.

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Eddie claimed he was starting to lose his vision and feared going blind for life. He revealed another fear he experienced and said,I just laid down on my back and stared at the ceiling. I thought, this is where I’m going to die.”

Eddie Hall had blood coming out of various parts of his face. He said, “People were wiping blood out of my ears, I had blood in my tear ducts in my eyes and I had blood coming out of my nose.” Fortunately, Hall completely recovered and returned to his sport shortly after.

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Hall’s rival broke his record

Eddie’s world record remained intact for three years until Icelandic strongman Hafþór Björnsson stepped in and lifted 501 kgs of weight. The rivalry between Eddie and Björnsson started way before the latter broke Eddie’s world record.

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In the 2017 Strongman competition, Björnsson claimed that Eddie cheated him out of the competition. The two giants then had a boxing contest in March 2022, where Eddie lost. However, Eddie took pride in his defeat and the fact that he fought the world’s strongest man.

So, what do you think about the price that Eddie had to pay in order to set the world record? Do you think world records are worth the feeling of dying? Tell us in the comments!

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Somya Jain

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Somya Jain is a US Sports author at EssentiallySports. She has been a Psychology student for six years, holds a Master’s degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa

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