Mohammed Benaziza

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Mohammed Benaziza
محمد بن عزيزة
— Bodybuilder —
Mohammed Benaziza photo.jpg
Historical photo of Mohammed Benaziza
Personal info
Born 1959
 Algeria
Died October 4, 1992
Zeeland district Netherlands
Professional career

Mohammed Benaziza (Arabic: محمد بن عزيزة‎‎) (1959 in Algeria – 4 October 1992, Netherlands) was a professional bodybuilder.

Biography[edit]

Mohamed Benaziza was a soccer player in his childhood in France, and started to work out while continuing to play soccer. He finally chose bodybuilding and started competing as an amateur in France. He won his first competition in Spain (under 75 kg-category) and after that he continued to win small prizes until his first participation in The Night of Champions in 1990, which he won. On that occasion, he was nicknamed the Killer of Giants by Joe Weider. Dorian Yates took second place.

He participated in the famous Mr. Olympia championships and his last competition was the 1992 Mr. Olympia, where he placed 5th. He did not take time off after the 1992 Mr. Olympia and he participated in a back-to-back competition in the Netherlands. He was found dead in his hotel room at 6pm on October 4, 1992, shortly after that competition.

It is reported that he had earlier complained of sickness and shortness of breath, but refused several times to go to a hospital. It is believed that the cause of his death was that he took an injection provided by an unidentified man to accelerate the process of his preparation shortly before the competition. His death led to the end of the career of his personal friend Steve Brisbois. Benaziza was 33 years old and was the star-spin of the new generation of BodyBuilders.[1]

Competition history[edit]

1987
World Amateur Championships - IFBB, LightWeight, 1st

1988
Grand Prix France - IFBB, 8th
Olympia - IFBB, 11th

1989
Grand Prix Finland - IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix France - IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Germany - IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Holland - IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Spain (2) - IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Spain - IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Sweden - IFBB, 5th
Olympia - IFBB, 5th

1990
Grand Prix England - IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix Finland - IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix France - IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix Germany - IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix Holland - IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Italy - IFBB, Winner
Night of Champions - IFBB, Winner

1991
Arnold Classic - IFBB, 11th
Ironman Pro Invitational - IFBB, 9th

1992
Arnold Classic - IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix England - IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Germany - IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Holland - IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix Italy - IFBB, Winner
Olympia - IFBB, 5th
Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - IFBB, 7th

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Brisbois: HOW THE DEATH OF MY GOOD FRIEND CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE AROUND NaturalStrength.com, 19. Juni 1999