Steroids led to death of bodybuilder (48)

A bodybuilder from Barrowford collapsed and died at home as a result of anabolic steroids and growth hormones he was taking.

Colin Wasdell (48) had a seizure while watching television at his home in Park Avenue on February 22nd, an inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard.

At the hearing, Mr Wasdell was described as a fit and healthy man who enjoyed bodybuilding.

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Pathologist Dr Richard Prescott, who conducted the post-mortem examination, gave the cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia.

He said: “Anabolic steroids and growth hormones are known to cause hypertension due to fluid retention.

“These substances would have played a contributory role in the cause of death. Mr Wasdell was known to use these sort of supplements.”

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Coroner recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

He said: “Colin Wasdell died as a result of the adverse combined effects of steroid and growth supplements.”