A Brazilian bodybuilder injected himself with oil to build muscle on his 55th birthday. Valdir Segato has been using potentially deadly synthol injections for years, risking strokes and infections to gain massive biceps, chest and back muscles.
Segato has previously said that his body was inspired by fictional characters like Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Hulk. “They keep calling me Hulk, Schwarzenegger and Herman, and I love that. My biceps have doubled, according to the Daily Mail, but I still want to get bigger.” He said in 2016.
Six years ago, the São Paulo native was warned that if he continued to use the injections, he could face amputation or at least nerve damage and muscle disfigurement from the injections. After he started injecting himself, his bicep exploded 23 inches. Known on the streets as a “monster”, he is proud of his title.
He posted pictures of himself deforming his body on social media and even called himself “Valdir Synthol” on Instagram. While the bodybuilder has 1.7 million followers on TikTok, local media reports he lives in isolation, with few friends or visitors.
Moisés da Conceição da Silva, who on the day of his death complained of shortness of breath, told Globo news agency Brazil that Segato rented a plot of land that was being built behind his home.
“It was about 6 in the morning, more or less. He climbed over the building in the back and came to the front. Then he knocked on my mom’s window, knocked, knocked, and she woke up and he said, ‘Help me, help Me, because I’m dying,’” da Silva told the publication.
Segato was taken to a medical facility, but he fell on the front desk and appeared to have a heart attack. The TikTok star was once a skinny teenager, but after being offered synthols at the gym, he became addicted to the substance.
Synthetic alcohols, which typically consist of a mixture of oil, benzyl alcohol and lidocaine, can cause “nerve damage, pulmonary oil embolism, pulmonary artery occlusion, myocardial infarction, stroke and infectious complications,” according to European PubMed Central.
The results of the drug did not make Segato stronger and were purely cosmetic. “It was a risk he took,” Segato’s friend Fernando Carvalho da Silva had previously said. “He wants to look good, he wants to be famous.”