Bodybuilder Sifiso Thabete dies attempting backflip ahead of contest in South Africa

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A South African bodybuilding champion has died after breaking his neck while attempting a backflip that went horrifically wrong.

Sifiso Lungelo Thabete attempted his “signature backflip” at the start of a competition but lost control in mid-air, landing on his neck.

In a video filmed by onlookers, the bodybuilder can be seen being introduced and entertaining the crowd by waving his hands above his head.

He slowly walks towards the centre of the gymnasium before breaking into a canter at the event in South Africa.

Thabete, from South Africa, then attempts a backflip but fails to rotate enough in the air, landing heavily on his neck, breaking it in the fall.

Onlookers rushed to his aid after the failed stunt.

Thabete tragically later died from his injuries.

The young athlete was tipped for a bright future having recently won under-23 in 75kg division of the IFBB Muscle Mulisha Grand Prix competition held in Johannesburg in July.

Posts on his Facebook page show he was dedicated to being the best in his sport and he often shared motivation messages on Facebook alongside images and videos of himself.

He recently shared a magazine article written about him on his Facebook page saying “wow god is good”. 

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