He was born Edmond Alten Schmidt on 9 September 1953 or 19 September 1953. He grew up in Western Samoa. He later lived in Melbourne, Australia and travelled frequently to the United States for competitions.
He placed in many events between 1989 and 1999. A highlight for him was when he won the 1995 Masters Olympia. He was 5'10" and weighed 240 pounds at competition weight. He was arrested in 2000 on allegations that he assisted Australian drug lord Tony Mokbel to import cocaine from Mexico City into Australia. Schmidt was a born-again Christian.
He died on 25 January 2004 from cancer.
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- The trial of Tony Mokbel
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