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Bodybuilder Jo Lindner Dies at 30

Jo Lindner, a German bodybuilder and YouTube influencer, has died suddenly at the age of 30 from an aneurysm, his girlfriend Nicha announced. He was known online as “Joesthetics”, and had a huge following of 8.5 million on Instagram and 500 million views on YouTube. He posted regularly about his gym workouts, training regimen, nutrition and lifestyle.

Nicha said Jo passed away in her arms after complaining of neck pain for three days. She shared heartbreaking photos of their last moments together on Instagram. She wrote, "He was in my arms... than this is just happening too fast... 3 days ago he kept said that he had pain in his neck ... we didn't really realise it until it was too late. If your guys were to know him like I do… he is the most amazing and incredible person in this world."

Jo had a rare muscular condition called rippling muscle disease, which made his muscles very sensitive to movement or pressure. He once told fellow YouTuber Bradley Martyn that he was worried that his heart could cramp because of his condition. He said, "The heart is also a muscle, that’s my biggest concern that what if I get such a bad cramp that my heart gets a cramp."

YouTube Bodybuilder Joesthetics Dies at 30, Leaving Fans Devastated - July  2, 2023
His friend and gym partner Noel Deyzel paid tribute to Jo on Instagram, saying: "Rest in peace Jo. I still keep checking my phone waiting for your reply so we can meet at the gym. I'm broken bro. You opened your arms up to us, you showed us so much about life and social media. Your generosity towards myself and others will always stay with me. I just don't know what to say anymore. It hurts to know you are gone forever man. I love you bro, rest easy."

Jo was famous for his bodybuilding videos and content that he shared with his fans online. He was born on September 12, 1992, in Germany. He started working out at the age of 16, inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other bodybuilding legends. He developed a muscular physique and a passion for fitness. He competed in several bodybuilding shows, winning the Musclemania Europe Junior Championship in 2014.

Lindner also became a social media sensation, sharing his fitness journey and tips with millions of fans around the world. He collaborated with other famous fitness personalities, such as Bradley Martyn, Noel Deyzel and Joseph Shulkin. He also launched his own clothing line, Joesthetics Apparel, and his own supplement brand, Joesthetics Nutrition. He lived in Dubai for a while, before moving to Thailand, where he produced most of his content.

In his last Instagram post, two days before his death, he opened up about his hormone therapy journey. He posted four shirtless photos and wrote: "When I lost my gains because I went off everything for 1 year but then could not recover my own [testosterone] levels so went back on trt [Testosterone Replacement Therapy].

“Trust me I tried to stop but be aware it might have long term effects for your life,” he added.

His fans also expressed their shock and sadness at his death on his last Instagram post.

One wrote: "I'm at a loss for words. Rest in peace brother, you've inspired me in so many ways. Fly high."

Another commented: "Fly high joe, you will never be forgotten in the community, an inspiration to everyone!"

Rippling muscle disease, also referred to as CAV3-related distal myopathy, is a rare genetic disorder characterized by wave-like contractions or ripples that spread across the muscles upon contraction. While its prevalence remains low, the potential risks associated with bodybuilding and RMD have raised alarms within the fitness community.

For bodybuilders, the risks associated with RMD pose a considerable concern. The intense training regimens and repetitive, high-intensity exercises performed by bodybuilders can exacerbate the symptoms of RMD, potentially amplifying muscle contractions and making the condition more pronounced. Moreover, the rigorous demands of bodybuilding, which often involve heavy weightlifting and extreme muscle exertion, can lead to muscle damage and inflammation, further impacting individuals with RMD.

As a precautionary measure, experts in the field of sports medicine and genetics advise bodybuilders to undergo genetic testing to identify any potential predispositions to Rippling Muscle Disease. Early detection of the CAV3 gene mutation can allow individuals to make informed decisions about their fitness goals and tailor their training routines accordingly. It is important to note that, while RMD may pose challenges to bodybuilders, not everyone with the CAV3 mutation will develop the disease, and the severity of symptoms can vary.

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