Rich Henderson, WBFF Bodybuilder, died: Know about his WBFF Controversy

In a tragic turn of events, the bodybuilding community has been left reeling by the sudden and unexpected passing of dedicated bodybuilder Rich Henderson in August 2023. His untimely departure has sent shockwaves through his family and friends, who are grappling with the profound grief of losing a loved one.

The incident occurred backstage at a WBFF event, where Rich was a participant. Tragically, he collapsed backstage, prompting his fellow competitors to rush to his aid and administer CPR in a desperate attempt to save him. Despite their heroic efforts, Rich did not survive. The official cause of his passing has yet to be confirmed, but there are indications that he may have had pre-existing health concerns. The details surrounding the specifics of his passing are still emerging, and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

The heartbreaking news of Rich Henderson’s passing was shared on August 14, 2023, through a Facebook post by Alexa Hesse, a fellow WBFF Pro competitor, expressing her condolences and shock at the loss.

Cisco Perez also took to Facebook to pay tribute to Rich Henderson, saying, “Rip Rich Henderson🙏 Your mission was to show the world your hard work on stage as a natural physique competitor. You inspired so many around you, and your energy was infectious. I hope you got to accomplish this goal, bud. May you rest in peace.”

WBFF Controversy

A controversy has erupted on social media, with netizens heavily criticizing the actions of the WBFF during the event where Henderson tragically passed away. Witnesses claim that Rich Henderson had collapsed, and there was a need for someone to perform CPR. A contestant in the transformation line had volunteered to help, but due to the perceived lackadaisical attitude of the WBFF staff, the contestant was called onto the stage and had to neglect Rich Henderson.

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According to social media users, there were no paramedics present at the event, which is concerning considering the nature of the sport, where participants often severely dehydrate themselves and may use performance-enhancing drugs. Many believe that the show could have been postponed or rescheduled due to the gravity of the incident.

The controversy surrounding the incident continues to grow, with questions being raised about the safety and preparedness of sporting events like these, emphasizing the need for proper emergency services and protocols in place to protect participants’ health and well-being.

Rich Henderson GoFundMe

In an outpouring of support for the Henderson family during this trying time, Deena Carvajal initiated a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe on behalf of Matthew Henderson, Rich’s family member. The campaign’s goal is to raise funds to bring Richard Henderson back home and assist with various expenses incurred due to his unexpected passing. Deena believes that when someone experiences the loss of a loved one, no donation is too large or too small; every contribution can make a meaningful difference. Remarkably, the campaign has already raised $26,478 USD, surpassing its initial target of $25,000, demonstrating the incredible generosity and support of the community.

The family of Rich Henderson will share his obituary and details about his funeral arrangements in due time. Currently, they are focused on giving themselves the necessary time and space to heal during this challenging period. When they are ready, they will provide an update on the plans for Rich’s funeral service.

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