Luke Sandoe – Cause of death revealed… bodybuilder’s health questioned.
Luke Sandoe’s cause of death was revealed on his official Instagram page by his family on his 32nd Birthday.
In a letter that explains what led to his death, his family also questioned the standards used in professional bodybuilding to make sure bodybuilder’s maintain exceptional health.
Many believed Luke committed suicide after battling depression for most of his life, but this is far from the truth.
The family of Luke Sandoe said the all the speculation after his death “Caused them additional and unnecessary suffering.”
Luke’s family have confirmed that Luke’s cause of death was heart failure and not suicide.
Not only did Luke’s family reveal the cause of death, but they have major doubts if the professional bodybuilding industry actually care about their athletes.
“The bodybuilding industry is an enormously successful and financially rewarding one. In other sports, it is a requirement that athletes maintain exceptional health and that the promoters, sponsors and organizers actively assist this. However’ we have found no evidence of this. It has been immensely disappointing to come to the realization that Luke was perhaps, little more than a business opportunity.”
These comments from his family look to be directly aimed at his sponsors and various other people in the industry.
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The letter in full
Today, 3rd August would have been Luke’s 32nd birthday (3/8/88).
As a family, we are finally able to give Luke our best and final gift.
The cause of death.
There have been many dark days during the past 12 weeks. Losing Luke has left an unimaginable void in our family and we will never be the same again.
Luke’s unexpected death sent shock-waves through the bodybuilding fraternity. No official cause of death was released which resulted in unfounded speculation and rumour. We can only assume this was the reason for the inaccurate posts purporting to ‘know’ how Luke lost his life. Such posts, discussions and comments have caused us additional and unnecessary suffering.
Luke was an upcoming star; expected by many to become Mr. Olympia in the coming years. The bodybuilding industry is an enormously successful and financially rewarding one. In other sports, it is a requirement that athletes maintain exceptional health and that the promoters, sponsors and organizers actively assist this. However’ we have found no evidence of this. It has been immensely disappointing to come to the realization that Luke was perhaps, little more than a business opportunity.
Please, we ask of all of you to look after yourselves. This should be even more relevant with the knowledge that we lost Luke to heart failure, not suicide.
Through Luke’s podcasts, interviews, posts, videos and appearances, he touched so many lives. Luke’s loss has not only been felt by his family and friends but by his hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. We are truly grateful for the support from so many of you especially in the donations that will support his children. We have taken great comfort in the comments, cards and private messages we have received as a family.
Our wish now is for Luke and his legacy to be respected and remembered for the extraordinary father, athlete and human that he was.